Mythonaut

 

 

An astronaut engages in an absurd mechanical system while donning the roles of explorer, artist, and cast-away to try and make sense of a confounding mix of realities. The film revolves around a chapter from Andre Norton’s 1961 novel Star Hunter, combined with elements from other time periods to explore the phenomenon of storytelling. While listening to a recording of the novel, the astronaut observes the contemporary world through a window, making drawings of scenes and objects, annotating them with phrases from the text. Involving several transfers between Super 8mm film and HD video, Mythonaut utilizes handmade props and sets to occupy the structures of both drawing, performance art, and B-movie cinema.

 

Installation view with drawing produced in the film.