Interview with Lucy Cordes Engelman

This interview is part of the LAND project, about climate breakdown, property, territory, and colonialism and how these things relate to each other. Can we understand how we got into the current precarious situation? What does “ownership and control” mean for our relationship with our planet and each other?

Lucy Cordes Engelman is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. She deepens and expands her ongoing artistic practice concerning film as enchantment, via hydrofeminist ethics. Hydrofeminism, refers to the ongoing linkages of water and the aims of feminism; especially referencing the work of Astrida Neimanis. Are fluid, fragmentary narratives potential escape routes from the existing infrastructure that dominates our world? Instead of trying to read and understand, might we endeavor to broaden and deepen our relationship with, and as a part of, the more-than-human world? Can watery cinema and oceanic thinking act as a guide to flowing into new ways of living with ongoing, accelerating climate trauma?