OUMUAMUA _Gravity Escape
(...) It arrived on October 19, 2017. By that time, the flies had already disappeared and several swallows had collided with my bedroom window. October evenings were warm. Rick Deckard’s words brush softly my lips: “Sometimes to love someone, you got to be a stranger.”_
Oumuamua_Gravity Escape is a choreographic installation that shifts the geo-centered human place-taking towards interplanetary scales and speeds. The work amplifies the history of site-sensitive practices by projecting the notion of place to Outer Space. It brings together speculative fiction, terraforming imaginaries, and the choreographer’s experiments on astroembodiments.
Spotted in October 2017, Oumuamua is the first interstellar body that moves through the Solar System. The work premieres in May 2021, when the vegetal and other organic life forms unfold in the northern hemisphere of the Earth.
The work is part of Kellokumpu's artistic-research postdoc -project "xeno/exo/astro-choreoreadings".
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Performing Arts Research Centre, TUTKE, Theatre Academy University of the Arts Helsinki