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I can’t remember exactly when it started, but I must have been a very small child the first time I dreamed become an astronaut. Time produced other hopes and growing up as girl narrowed my game yard, still I ended up studying space engineering, I got my degree, I went to France and I started to work for the French Space Agency. Suddenly my dream was starting to take shape.
There is no more proper words for Silvia CASALINO who dreams of being an astronaut than the sentence like ‘I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess.’ The road to becoming an astronaut is too far away for Silvia CASALINO, and her real expedition starts with her failure of being an astronaut. Overlapped with the director’s personal experience and the historical trajectories of women astronauts, this film, No Gravityexposes the glass ceiling surrounding scientific world. The space science built its area on the basis that the space development would be suitable for male astronauts who has more muscles and reasonable intellect. In a world built on this prejudice, how challenging should it be for a woman to pioneer the zero gravity world? The gravity, in this context, means all kinds of political powers and social prejudices functioning in the realms of science and technology, or the realms considered to be objective and neutral.
No Gravity, developed with the fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, composes a space symphony combining voices of 3 generations of women astronauts, data on space exploration in Europe, and interviews with Donna HARRAWAY. The data on early space developments subverts the stereotyped image of ‘astronauts=male scientist.’ As if escaping from the filmic gravity based on temporal continuity and spatial unity, this film repeats the sense of liberation, freedom, and wonder that interviewees felt during zero gravity in rhythmic slow motions. What is stressed out during these sequences, is the sense of connectedness and responsibility. This probably might be the reason why the challenges of CASALINO are not just hindered but lead to the filmmaking on the women whose lonely strifes were conducted in the area of science and technology. (PARK Hyun-seon)
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Silvia CASALINO is a film director graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan as a space engineer and specialized in Satellites transmission system at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Touluse – France. Since 2011 she works at the CNES (French National Center of Space Studies) in Paris. And Silvia writes for magazines such as Towanda; Vacarme; and Glu Magazine. She also organized the DYKESTRIPPERS exhibition at the Milanese Women Collective, and made a series of interviews with the prestigious feminist Carole ROUSSOPOULOS. No Gravity