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“Decepción” is speculative fiction, a travel log and the story of an internal or existential displacement set against the mythopoeic backdrop of Deception Island in the Antarctic.
An inner monologue raises various questions and a reflection, based on post-abyssal thinking (Boaventura de Souza), on the idea of the South and invisibilised humanity; the existence of extreme life forms which were unconceivable for science until very recently owing to the strictly anthropocentric parameters from which survival has always been calibrated; therein the possibility of a biosphere in darkness and microbial life on other planets explored in Deception Island as the terrestrial analogue closest to planet Mars.
And so Deception Island is shown to be in possession of a specific psychic reality, a dialectic instrument of a common subjective agency that fosters the formation of new ways of life, the exploration of the underground and tellurian as a journey into the “raw material” of our existence and the problems of a planet in crisis.
From the island, and guided by a voice that dovetails with the imaginaries already conjured up by Poe, Verne and Lovecraft until arriving at a tribute to Clarice Lispector (“The Passion According to G.H.”), we could imagine ourselves as fossils in a future universe; not empty of life or of mental activity, but of us.