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Project Arts Centre announces Whitewashing the Moon

Project Arts Centre presents Whitewashing the Moon, open 24 August–27 October 2012.

Jorge De la Garza, Untitled No.1 (Book 5), Collage IV series, 2008

Written in 1869, Edward Everett Hale‘s short story The Brick Moon, tells the tale of the men and women who conceived of the first recorded imagining of a satellite in orbit, and the events that unfolded as they went about creating their ‘Brick Moon.’ An ultramodern concept for its time, the science-fiction fantasy creates an extraordinary transformative effect; they first conceive, then fund-raise for, then engineer, then build the hollow brick sphere, constructed like ‘conglobated bubbles undissolved,’ then accidentally propel it into space full of people, where eventually it is located in the night sky orbiting the earth as planned. Beyond the hopes of those left in its wake, it is populated with people, growing their own food sources and functioning as an inhabitable space station.

The Brick Moon in orbit can be seen from earth, but it never took on the sculptural illusion of the white moon the builders envisioned. Before they could amass the finances for the ‘sort of paste, which in its hot flight through the air might fuse into a white enamel,’ the satellite, through a freak storm, is launched prematurely.

The exhibition at Project Arts Centre Whitewashing the Moon, remembers this little aside in the story—the irrelevant yet striven-for aesthetic transformation from an artificial satellite to the more dramatic illusion of a fake moon. This transformative concept is at the centre of artistic thinking in Whitewashing the Moon, in which a twilit garden of sculptures, images, and installations communicate a similar potential for objects. The works of Caroline Achaintre, Jorge De la Garza, Eleanor Duffin, Barbara Knezevic, and Raphaël Zarka all explore in different ways an envisioning of new worlds through objects and ideas.

The imaginative work of the story allows for the possibility that an object once placed in an exhibition, has the potential to alter its own meaning. Some call these things ‘magical objects’—things that we allow and expect to do things back to us, and Alexandra Lembert offers us this: ‘A magical object is perhaps best characterised as a medium in which opposites such as visible and invisible, material and immaterial, or past, present and future meet and transform.’[1] Transformation by appropriation, and transformation by creation are the stimuli for the exhibition Whitewashing the Moon.

Whitewashing the Moon is curated by Tessa Giblin and Kate Strain.
Kindly supported by the Embassy of Mexico in Ireland and the French Embassy in Ireland.

Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2, Ireland
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