Miriam Kuhlmann

330,000 FT APART

March 2020

In response to your Future of_Space call for participation I would like to submit work that has been created as part of Lucy McRae's seminar "The Brink" during quarantine in my living room, which I transformed into the Femme Future Lab.

In these times of uncertainty, this work explores the most isolated, unpredictable space there is: literal outer space and the question of feminity in space exploration. One of the items I crafted is a supersized sculpture representing an unwrapped female space suit. While we are usually used to an abundance and a large variety of resources, the restriction of available materials and confined spaces we experience during quarantine may perhaps help us understand the fierce conditions individuals must undergo during the exploration of outer space. For this reason I wanted the sculpture to not follow any existing aesthetic, the process I followed was highly intuitive and hence the result was unclear. Showing the process of the work is my way to connect as an artist physically and mentally with the viewer through technology.

Mercury XX

March 2021

Mercury XX is a science fiction short Film which tells the story of an all-female space mission to draw the first breath on another planet.

After an astronaut's decade-long journey across the stars accompanied only by her spaceship’s AI she becomes conflicted with the realization of having to leave her sole friend behind or taking this next breath for humankind.

The film is inspired by the Mercury 13, a group of 13 female aviators in the Fifties, who secretly underwent all the required tests and preparations for NASA’s Apollo program.

Ultimately, they were rejected and never flew a mission despite often outperforming their male competitors.

Mercury XX rewrites this history and presents a feminist driven Sci-Fi film, a future that is wild, messy, visceral and fleshy, not the masculine, mechanical and surgically clean visions of contemporary space exploration.

To design the original look of the film an AI model was trained on thousands of space fashion images and was tasked with developing speculative sketches of costumes and the fictional spaceship.