A Lunar Perspective

---  is a piece of research, writing and performance.

A Lunar Perspective travels through irregular orbits around Lunar House, a Home Office Visa and Immigration building, to question our practices of mapping, bordering and othering. 

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.

A Lunar Perspective shifts focus between themes of exploration, power, control, mapping, nationalism, space travel and astronomy - seeking a reflection back to ourselves to critique, question and reflect on our relationships to the border.

Understanding a map as a way of situating in relation to others, A Lunar Perspective becomes a map of words, taking language as a practice of cartography. Our languages, our words themselves, are maps of their own journeys, travelling through linguistic roots and resurfacing in partially remembered or imagined times and places. This collection of words, growing from and rooted within my own positionality, becomes a tentative, unfixed map, sloshing like water, in a state of continually shifting relations.

A Lunar Perspective is an artist book, a research website and was performed at the Cartographies of the Imagination Festival at OmVed Gardens, Highgate, in 2021 and in the North Observatory, UCL, in 2019 accompanied by a pop-up library of the texts woven within the research.

To explore A Lunar Perspective in more depth, please see alunarperspective.com

( images from Google Earth )

( images by NASA )

// in orbit
// in research
// bibliography

2019 - 2021