Exhibition | Somewhere in time

somewhere in time | edinburgh – chicago | 2. 2. 11 – 23. 2. 11

Satellite: [an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavour]


By Chandra Casali-Bell and Jennifer Littlejohn

This collaborative project, initiated during our residency at the John David Mooney Foundation, takes the form of a research-based project exploring the idea of satellite.

The resultant exhibition was created over a 5-day cycle and will be a travelling archive of things that have been. The archive will be taken to Edinburgh and then onto future locations, where each element of research will be expanded and added to, creating a connecting resource based on our personal action as satellites, feeding information from one place to another and simultaneously connecting our base in Edinburgh with different contexts.

Pools of light have been used to reference former mare on the moon. Mare or “seas” exist as topographic plains but early astronomers believed they were great seas. A region on the lunar farside was briefly misidentified as a mare and a further four seas are also no longer recognised: Small Sea, Unknown Sea, New Sea, Struve’s Sea, Sea of Dreams.

1. Mare Parvum

A 5 – day weather report in morse code, Chicago 10 – 15 February, 2011

2. Mare Incognitum

The moon’s cycle was photographed simultaneously in Edinburgh and Chicago between the 8th – 15th February, 2011. Due to the time difference there exists a day/night overlap; a cyclical process and documentation of two views of the moon that will never be seen again, because the moon travels further away from the earth each year.

3. Mare Novum

Post-graduate Fine Art students from Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Chicago and University of Illinois were asked to write a proposal for a work engaging with the theme of satellite. Proposals from Chicago were posted to Edinburgh College of Art and proposals from Edinburgh were posted to the John David Mooney Foundation at approximately the same time. As the proposals travelled through space, a subtle dialogue was created as ideas simultaneously orbited the space between these two locations. Upon reaching their respective destinations the proposals have been displayed as an archive of this orbiting exhibition.

4. Mare Struve

Books selected from the Patrick Horsburgh library which we have slept amongst and used for research during our residency.

5. Mare Desiderii

Documentation of ongoing real-estate project to purchase land on the moon and selected islands. Land use for research stations and observatory development.

The exhibition references former mare on the moon by pools of light. Mare or seas exist as topographic plains but early astronomers believed that these areas were in fact great seas. A region on the Lunar farside was briefly misidentified as a mare and other seas are no longer recognised.

Former maria include: pools of light reference former mare on the moon.

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