:/nterstellar, 2015. Single-channel video, color, sound. 11:11 minutes.
:/nterstellar is an experimental retelling of the 2014 science fiction film Interstellar. In the original, Murphy Cooper is the daughter of the hero, but in this version she is the narrator, who describes her father’s long, mysterious absence and eventual return. Her memories are interwoven with an analysis of the film’s semantic style, in which metaphors both reveal and obscure the desires of father and daughter. The metaphoric structure, in which the “vehicle” (the metaphoric figure) conceals the “tenor” (the diegetic action) is itself metaphorized, and stands in for the repressive power arrangement of the Oedipal relationship.
Written & assembled by Maura Brewer
Sound design & score: Michael Webster
Animation: Maura Brewer
Narrator: Leah Dutchin
With production assistance by Civic Center Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Thanks to Adam Novy, Pete Galindo, Anastasia Hill, Marisa Williamson, Leah Pires and Emily Villano.
:/nterstellar adapts appropriated images, sound and music from the film Interstellar, by Christopher Nolan (2014), and text from interviews with Nolan and Jessica Chastain originally published in Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter. Additional footage of Matthew McConaughey found on youtube.