Instead of the threatening invaders aliens are often depicted as, they might actually be loving creatures that can teach us many things. In Sterre Boessen’s science fiction film, post-human astronaut Angus Fictum travels to ‘Planet Gaudium’ with the mission to find new life forms. He discovers amazing organisms that flourish, evolve and regenerate infinitely, without any extinction or survival of the fittest scenarios. Meet the affectionate Semen Vitae, the steaming Incrementa or the caring Suffodio that are all part of an endless circle of life. These objects of Angus’ scientific research gradually start to grow on him, as you can read in his personal log. Perhaps his findings could inspire us to reconsider the way we organise life on earth before it is too late?
Expedition gaudium is a publication of a personal logbook, it’s written by the explorer Angus Fictum.
The logbook depicts the experiences and findings of Angus fictum, it starts as a more observative collection of drawings and descriptions but flows to a kinship between him and the organisms he finds on the planet.
My inspiration for this narrative and logbook were drawings of Carl Linnaeus and Ernst Haeckel, but also reports and diaries of NASA astronauts. Many astronauts like Wubbo Ockels and Andre Kuipers come back from their space journey with spiritual insights about the continuance of planet earth. They urge us to live together in peace with the creatures that surround us and the earth is a precious gift to pass on to our descendants.