Private Project

The Earth is Not a Spaceship

"The Earth is Not a Spaceship" is an experimental film that remixes vintage educational source footage collected by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. A woman’s voice narrates the film, functioning as a type of mother nature character. The narration becomes haunting and robotic when coupled with glitchy film footage that has been re-recorded off of various electronic devices. The reworking of the footage presents new meaning at the intersection of abstraction, the digital sublime, and an implied dystopian future.

Originally created for “Mess With Texas”, an event sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX

  • Krista Leigh Steinke
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    experimental, environmental film, remix, vintage film footage, glitchart, short film, digitalsublime, art film
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    digital remix of vintage film
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sustainable Stories
    Houston, TX
    United States
    November 17, 2021
    First Place: Best Video Art
  • Earth Day Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    March 27, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Dallas Video Festival
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    October 18, 2017
  • 2016 Green Screen Film Festival
    Trinidad + Tobago
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Krista Leigh Steinke

Krista Steinke is a lens-based artist working in experimental photography, moving image, and installation. Her work draws from various sources such as art and photographic history, science, current events, the female perspective, and personal experience, as a way to investigate how the physical, cultural, and personal intertwine.

Her time-based works have been screened at The Dallas Contemporary, TX; Currents New Media Festival, NM; Jersey City Art Museum, NJ; Earth Day Film Festival, CA; Aurora Picture Show, TX; Symphony Space, NY; aCinema Space, WI; Detroit Museum of New Art, MI; Palm Springs Art Museum, CA; Sarai Media Lab, New Delhi; Goliath Visual Space, NY; Baltimore Artscape, MD; and the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Trinidad + Tobago; among others.

Krista grew up in Texas and has lived in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places. Currently, she divides her time between Houston and rural New York state.

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