Seven Minutes In Heaven With Planet Femme’s Chloé Rossetti

“The energy of femme is like a song that helps us to remember.”

Welcome to “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” GO Magazine’s interview series that profiles a different queer babe each day, by asking them seven unique (and sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.

Planet Femme photo shoot at VOX BIZARRE, wearing BioGlitz glitter and the Upsidowner from TILLYandWILLIAM

Chloé Rossetti is one of those people that I’m not sure how I became Facebook friends with, but I’m so glad I did. I remember their project “Planet Femme” popping up in my newsfeed and my eyes grew with intrigue. I love all things that explore femme energy, a whole planet? Yes, count me in. Their energy through the digital realm is healing and radically transformative.

Through this interview, I learned so much about Rossetti but also the universe at large. They are filled with knowledge that is accessible and empowering. Keep scrolling for a dose of femme inspiration. It will change your world.

GO Magazine: Who are you and what do you do?

Chloé Rossetti: My name is Chloé Rossetti. I come from Planet Femme: a literal and proverbial location, and a concept that encompasses all of my work to date.

I make performances, plays, films, videos, and texts that affirm life, beyond the one-way pathway of extinction afforded us by capitalism. My work is funny, dark, strange, healing, and perverse, much like nature.

Additionally, I am a Sensual Educator, facilitator, and coach, working under the umbrella of my business, Radical Nourishment.

My latest project, SUNRIDER, is a short film set a few hundred years in the future, after the death of Earth. The few remaining survivors, living in a femme-centric society, sail through space on a terraformed asteroid powered by an AI consciousness called AURORA. SUNRIDER is a sibling project to a novel of the same name.

In all of my work, I respond to the desertification that emerges from unsustainable, colonial approaches to the inseparable entities of mind, body, and earth. Harnessing my experience as a permaculturist, gender hybrid, healer, immigrant, and descendant of stregas, I manifest a vision of humanity as a regenerative presence on earth. The urgent task at hand is to decolonize; expand ecological consciousness; recognize queerness as a harbinger of change; cultivate embodied, optimistic worldbuilding; and celebrate the glory and pitfalls of our current means of communication and translation.

Part of KARAN DEVINE RETREATS, made in residence at The Shandaken Project

GO: Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged or depleted?

CR: Nature // water // earth // in the arms of one or many loved one/s // dancing // singing // drawing // watching my friends and heroes perform // friends’ houses // my house // nose in a book // art // music // Act-OUT at The Studio every Monday night.

GO: What does femme mean to you?

CR:  I don’t believe in any binary, least of all the femme-masc binary. So “femme” to me is not one half of a binaric system, or even one end of a spectrum: it is the earth beneath the spell of capitalism. People in power would have us believe that we live on Planet Capital; in fact we live on Planet Femme. Planet Femme is earth. Everybody who remembers this returns to Planet Femme. And so the energy of “femme” is like a song that helps us to remember.

GO: Describe yourself in three words.

CR: Sensual; funnydark; nourishment; rulebreaker.

GO: What music are you listening to right now?

CR: L’Rain’s self-titled albumon which I make a cameo appearance(!). This album, I think, is about timely, untimely, and pervasive grief. Taja is a dear friend, and watching her birth this project over the past few years has been a powerful experience.

Planetarium by Bryce Dessner, James McAlister, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens: “Neptune” in particular has been my grief soundtrack for the past month or so. I’ve also been researching my Neptune transits while listening to this song.

The Feminine: Act II by Anna Wise: I listened to “Coconuts” on my way to see the solar eclipse on Short Mountain in Tennessee, and again in a homestead full of witches in upstate New York. People on the Planet Femme wavelength seem to instantly click with it.

Also everything by my sonic collaborator, Feathers Wise.

GO: Why do you think it’s so important to have queer-centric events and spaces?

CR:  Queerness, to me, means change. It means the death of colonization, and it means ecological futurity. According to these definitions, I think and live in a queer way, and most of my friends do too. Therefore a “queer” space to me is actually a worldbuilding, a world-within-the-world, and a commons, where we can plant the seeds of the new reality in the husks of the old. Nothing is more vital and crucial in this and every moment.

GO: Where can people find you?

CR: Art:
Instagram: @chloerossetti
Facebook: Chloé Rossetti
#planetfemme #chloerossetti


You can find my latest writings at Luna Luna mag, HuffPost, and The Establishment.

Also, you can find me on Planet Femme. Send me a femme-text (telepathically, please) and I’ll get it.

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