In Remembrance of the Moon


In 2017 I read Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a hard science fiction novel published in 2015. The story begins after an unexplained event shatters the moon into fragments, rendering the Earth uninhabitable. Humankind must enter space to find a new means of survival. The book opens with the line, “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.” The ensuing project In Remembrance of the Moon entails carrying a large print of the moon through the urban environment, exposing its emblematic shape into the darkness with artificial lights in order to convey my great sadness for a moon that may not exist forever. This surreal exercise results in photographic evidence akin to the nostalgic images taken to promote National Park attractions that may not survive global warming.

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