Dalila Honorato, Ph.D is Tenured Assistant Professor in Aesthetics and Visual Semiotics at the Ionian University, Greece. One of the founding members of the Interactive Arts Lab, where she coordinates the Art & Science Research Group, she is also a collaborator at the Center of Philosophy of Sciences - University of Lisbon. Her research focus is on embodiment, monstrosity, the uncanny and the acrobatic balance between phobia and paraphilia. The starter of the conference "Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science", Dalila Honorato launched together with Marta de Menezes "FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology".
"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids"
My first memories of space are marked by Ellen Ripley, the protagonist of the Alien saga. Marked by the fright, the stubbornness, the resilience, the stickiness and the goop of a woman in face of a parasitical extraterrestrial life growing inside of her just to rip her apart. My idea of space forever linked with feeling lonesomeness and emptiness but also a strong sense of connection and ability to sacrifice and survive. As, more recently, Ryan Stone, the main character in the film Gravity, reminded me how the outer space might just be the closest place to find humanity, either when confronted with an alien being, a natural disaster or isolation. Ryan who also took me back to the imaging of Lennart Nilsson in A Child is Born, while she is wandering in space and curiously reflecting on the death of her child on Earth. Meanwhile, last year, SpaceLife Origin, a Netherlands-based startup dedicated to off-world reproduction, suspended, until further notice, its plan to send a pregnant volunteer to give birth in space, and, as it seems, "I think it's gonna be a long long time".