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We are all Explorer Fish

– Only Martians can dance with fish spirits

PREMIERE SCREENING! Nova Cinema, movie theatre #9, 12:00 – Saturday March 12, 2016 /

Sarah Jane Pell (AU)
Sarah Jane Pell – We are all explorer fish
We are all explorer fish – Sarah Jane Pell
We are all explorer fish – Sarah Jane Pell

Co-commissioned by Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre for Meta.Morf 2016 – Nice to be in orbit!

Starring: SARAH JANE PELL. Camera: SHAUN WILSON. Editor: JACQUI HOCKING. Visual Effects Artist: CHRIS BRAIBANT. Score: STEPHEN BISHOP and ROBIN HAYWOOD recorded live at Liquid Architecture Perth 2015, presented by TURA MUSIC and LIQUID ARCHITECTURE as part of the National Experimental Arts Forum hosted by SYMBIOTICA. Sound design: ALISTER MORLEY. Images NASA. Filmed on location at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, VSSEC Mars Simulation. Production assistants: SEAN ELLIOTT, DANIELLE WILDE. Writer/Director/Producer Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, RMIT University.

We are all explorer fish

By Sarah Jane Pell

Gripped by an obsession for Earthly connection, Amulet the first human born in low Earth orbit, agrees to work as a sensing agent on the new Mars outpost. If she survives, others will follow and she will not be alone. With the excitement of finding an ancient riverbed, she takes of her helmet to her feel a cloud of hot rain. Her existence is threatened when she draw vapours from leftover Mars Curiosity Rover core-sample holes gets a taste for the rush of pure Oxygen from the red rock: unwittingly tapping into the Wanjijina spirits of The Kimberley. Fearing further alienation from Earth for risking ingesting indigenous Martian organisms, Amulet calls on her alter egos (cloned support crew in the lander) in a bid to stick to the mission. But of course, it was never going to be easy to walk away from such a rush when the ancient spirits begins to awaken the explorer fish…

Amulet grew up in a refurbished Russian satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). From birth, she was supported by Liquid Oxygen and centrifuged daily to redistribute fluids to encourage growth and build bone density. Not for the purpose of visiting Earth’s gravity –that would certainly kill her – but for the long duration space mission to Mars.

Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Artist-Astronaut

Australian-based performance artist who incorporates themes of human-aquatic adaptation to other worlds and other extreme-performance interfaces in her work. Dr. Sarah Jane Pell joins Scientist-Astronaut Class 1601 to conduct Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM) for the NASA Flight Opportunities Program Experiment 46-S, Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment (ETA 2017). Space analogue and arts experience includes Artist-Aquanaut, The League of New Worlds, Atlantica Expeditions subsea habitat mission, and a self-devised expedition “Bending Horizons” to make art on route to the Mt. Everest Summit. (Reached Everest Base Camp 5364m. Survived Nepal earthquakes 2015).

Formerly Co-Chair, European Space Agency Topical Team Art Science [ETTAS] 2011-2014, and Principal of the Aquabatics Research Team initiative [ARTi] Pell developed underwater live art and “aquabatics” research 2002-2012, and logged over 5000 hours as an ADAS P2r Commercial Diver. Underwater performances include “Second Nature: Second Skin”, “Hydrophilia”, “Petrification”, “Trans.Port” and pneumatic acts “Under Current”, “Interdepend” and “Odyssey”. Artwork in space includes “Moonbounce” (Opticks) Radio signal performance between Earth-Moon 2013 (IT/NL) and Micro-etching space art (SPRITE-SAT) Payload H-IIA JAXA GOSAT launched in 2009 (JP).

Dr. Pell is an RMIT University Research Fellow (AU) and TED Fellow (US). She is reimagining extreme performance and new worlds.


@sarahjanepell  / @aquabatics / @bendinghorizons

Sarah Jane Pell