Earth // Off-Earth Politics

Date & Time: 27 October 11:00 am 12:30 pm. Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

A  little more about the session

Screening of The Archival Futures Collective’s Outer Space Film Quartet and Q&A with filmmakers Ceridwen Dovey and Rowena Potts in dialogue with Juan Francisco Salazar Chair: Deborah Lawler-Dormer.


Rowena_PRowena PottsRowena Potts is an award-winning filmmaker whose work explores the entanglement of human and nonhuman worlds. She is a co-founder, with Ceridwen Dovey, of the Archival Futures Collective, a creative collaboration dedicated to making experimental nonfiction media inspired by the archives and research collections of museums, libraries, and cultural institutions around the world. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU and a graduate diploma in documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Rowena is currently participating in Documentary Australia’s inaugural Impact Producer Program.
Ceridwen Dovey Ceridwen DoveyCeridwen Dovey writes fiction (Only the Animals; Mothertongues) and creative non-fiction (On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers) and has won an Australian Museum Eureka Award & two UNSW Press Bragg Prizes for long-form science writing. With creative collaborator Rowena Potts, Ceridwen has written and produced The Archival Futures of Outer Space Film Quartet about ethics and emotions in outer space. She has recently completed her DCA at Western Sydney University, with Professor Juan Francisco Salazar as her supervisor. Her book of short stories told from the perspective of real space objects launched by humans, Only the Astronauts, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2024.
Juan Francisco Salazar
Juan Francisco Salazar was born in Santiago, Chile, and migrated to Sydney in 1998. For the past fifteen years he has lived along the Cooks River, in unceded Gadigal, Wangal and D’harawal Country. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, author and documentary filmmaker who engages with communities and places where the environmental and cultural challenges of living sustainably are starkly exposed. His academic and creative work explore the coupled dynamics of social-ecological change and is underpinned by a collaborative ethos across the arts, science and activism.
DeborahDeborah Lawler-Dormer

Deborah Lawler-Dormer is a research manager based in Sydney, Australia specializing in art, science, media and technology projects. She has a Ph.D. in creative practice from University of Auckland and University of New South Wales. From 1996 to 2011, Lawler-Dormer was the director of the Moving Image Centre (MIC) Toi Rerehiko, an organization dedicated to the exhibition of media arts practice. She was a founding co-director in the establishment of CoLab, a creative technologies research unit at AUT University. Her practice features transdisciplinary art-sci-tech projects connecting universities, community and industry.