Rowena Potts & Ceridwen Dovey are filmmakers, writers and visual anthropologists who are collaborating on a trilogy of short experimental films about the relationships that humans have with celestial objects (like the Moon), human-made space infrastructure (such as the International Space Station), and material objects linked to space exploration (for example, a fragment of the Skylab space station found in Australia’s Western Desert in 1979).
Dovey is a prize-winning fiction writer and essayist, and a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University, where she’s doing a multi-genre creative project looking at ethical imaginaries of outer space. She’s the author of several works of fiction (Blood Kin, Only the Animals, In the Garden of the Fugitives, and Life After Truth), and non-fiction (On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers and Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others). Her essays on social and environmental ethics in outer space have been published by newyorker.com, WIRED, the Monthly and Alexander, and included in The Best Australian Science Writing collections for the past four years. She won a 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Award for Long-Form Science Journalism, and the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing in both 2020 and 2021. She’s part of the group who co-created The Declaration of the Rights of the Moon, and was one of the team of advisors who helped guide the design of the space ethics kiosks for the Australia in Space exhibition at Questacon. To read some of Ceridwen’s recent published writing about ethics in outer space, please visit her website.
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