A Baker’s Dozen: A Lunar Study in Variations of Size and Shape, 2020

This short, silent, moving image piece was made specifically for the exhibition On Ancient Earth, jointly curated by Lumen art collective (UK) and The Artist Expedition Society (Australia). Shown both online and during The Desert Festival at The Earth Sanctuary in central Australia the piece is my first real foray into film, albeit a very brief foray.

Inspired by the Apollo era landings and the close proximity of the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve to the exhibition venue, (which I visited many years ago), this short film takes us on a journey across a fictional landscape, focussing on thirteen of the most prominent craters. The pseudo-lunar features were created using regolith recipes taken from various sources including NASA’s Educator’s Instructional Guide: Exploring the Lunar Surface, a pamphlet aimed at students grades 3-5, and Maggie Alderin-Pocock’s Book Of The Moon, a must have resource for lunatics. Another influence in the work was the plaster models of 19th Century scientists Nasmyth and Carpenter and how they used and manipulated the misguided belief in photographic truth.

Combining time-lapse sequences with a look and feel reminiscent of the images produced by the first cameras taken to the lunar surface, the film is a playful examination of the enduring pull of the Moon in our collective consciousness. Originally, the film was projected onto the bare ground and observed from above, giving the viewer a similar perspective to an orbiting probe.

click here to see the piece in full.   (Total running time: 55 seconds)