Creative Essay

A Lunar Perspective (an excerpt)



This is an excerpt from A Lunar Perspective: a piece of writing and performance that travels through irregular orbits around Lunar House, a Home Office Visa and Immigration building, to question our practices of mapping, bordering and othering.

Weaving together voices from different writers and thinkers across disciplines and positions, the project steps in to understand the materiality of Lunar House as a site of the enactment of the border and steps out to consider and critique our current politics and practices of othering. A Lunar Perspective reflects on the reality of violence at, of, for and with the border, recognising the continued practice of hostile environment policies within the UK.

Understanding a map as a way of situating in relation to others, A Lunar Perspective becomes a map of words, taking language as a practice of cartography. Our languages, our words themselves, are maps of their own journeys, travelling through linguistic roots and resurfacing in partially remembered or imagined times and places. This collection of words, growing from and rooted within my own positionality, becomes a tentative, unfixed map, sloshing like water, in a state of continually shifting relations.

Keywords: cartography, uk immigration policy, borders, othering, language

How to Cite: Maltby Maland, E. (2023) “A Lunar Perspective (an excerpt)”, field. 9(1). doi: