Katie Paterson’s ambitious Second Moon project goes live on September 8th 2013 with the launch of a dedicated website (29 August) and app (8 September) that will allow the public to track the lunar fragment once it begins its global orbit.
Second Moon is the creation of artist Katie Paterson, the project is launching as part of the British Science Festival 2013. The carefully packaged fragment of lunar rock will be collected from the Great North Museum:Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne by courier on 8 September 2013 to travel anti-clockwise across the UK, China, Australia and the USA at approximately twice the speed of our Moon: over one year, Second Moon will orbit the earth 30 times.
The free app will become the real time portal to the geographies and topographies of the lunar meteorite’s journey, showing Second Moon in relation to the user’s location, the Moon’s location and the orbits of the other planets in our solar system. Progress can also be tracked via iPads and projections in various public locations across the world, including Newcastle’s Great North Museum:Hancock.
Katie Paterson has exhibited internationally, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in major shows including the Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. The artist’s work constantly references intangible, natural phenomena, such as the moon. She combines sophisticated and totally mundane technologies to allow people to engage with the natural environment.
Second Moon has been commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Supported by Arts Council England, Adelaide Festival, Newcastle City Council, the Mead Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Catherine Cookson Foundation. The project has been produced by Locus+ with production support from Elmsly and the app has been developed by Fraser Muggeridge studios and Supermono.
For website address Watch This Space!
September 2013 – September 2014