This interactive/wearable work looks at our interactions with the moon, in particular myth versus fact regarding its influence over our day to day existence. The premise involves harvesting lunar ozone – by charging a receptive foil headpiece at night for wear during the day. It connects with a theory of ambient biological energy, a concept dating from the 1950s and prevalent to this day.
The moon is a distant object, gazed upon by more humans than any other solid object in the universe (Morton, 2019), yet its surface has only been walked on by 12 white American men. The only people to have experienced it first-hand. However, does that make the rest of our knowledge less valid?
[Hu]Manned Mission is a pseudoscientific exploration into humans’ interactions with the moon. An appraisal of lunar myths and missions, combining fact with fiction to create new narratives. It offers an invitation to reconnect and communicate with your moon, to consider the importance of language in your quest, because … it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories (Haraway, 2016).
A series of prints incorporating elements associated with undercover investigation; an anonymity of monochromatic silhouettes accompanied with dramatic/implausible testimonials are presented alongside a moon-pod and wearable moon-hat to encourage audience involvement with the objective to collect observations, confessions and elicit an imaginative response.
These observations/comments will be recorded in person by the research team.