A Lunar Perspective

--- is a piece of writing, research and performance considering Lunar House, a Home Office Visa and Immigration building in London.

As a front line of UK immigration policies, Lunar House is a site where the border is explicitly practiced and performed. Built in 1970, Lunar House was named to celebrate the moon landing the year before, eliciting notions of space travel and exploration.

Weaving together voices from different writers and thinkers across disciplines and positions, the project steps in to understand the materiality of Lunar House as a site of the enactment of the border and steps out to consider and critique our current politics and practices of othering.

A Lunar Perspective reflects on the reality of violence at, of, for and with the border, recognising the continued practice of hostile environment policies within the UK. In exploring this violent and shifting notion of the border, A Lunar Perspective studies the role of language in its construction, as a tool of distancing and dehumanisation. Moving through and between this understanding of language as a tool, and space, of violence, the work also explores the emancipatory potential in language, connecting across works of those such as bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua and Jane Rendell.

Performed in an intimate, disused observatory space, accompanied by a pop-up library, the project travels between themes of exploration, power, control, mapping, nationalism, space travel and astronomy to become a tentative, unfixed map, tracing our relations with the politics of traversing the border.


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( images from Google Earth )



( images by NASA )





// in orbit
// in research
// bibliography


2018 - 2020


Mark