Astronoetic Cinema

Michael Uhall, “Astobrutalist Site Concept” (digital collage, 2017)

A series by Michael Uhall, exploring how representations of the human encounter with outer space embody, propose, and work through various submerged claims about specifically human agency, identity, and purpose, across a variety of films. Here, “astronoetics” is derived from “astro,” from the Ancient Greek ἄστρον (ástron), meaning “celestial body” or “star,” and “noetics,” borrowed from the Ancient Greek νοητικός (noētikós) referring to that which is intelligible. Astronoetic approaches in film vary widely, ranging from messianic narcissism to cosmic pessimism, as explored in the entries below.