We would like to announce that our art application for Body&Soul Festival 2013 has been approved.
The title for our project is – ‘A Trip to the Moon’
‘A Trip to the Moon’ will be an interactive sculptural replica of a ‘Paper Moon’ photographic prop.
‘Paper Moon’ photographs were a photographic tradition that started from the 1900’s through to the 1930’s. The tradition involved having your photograph taken while sitting on a prop shaped like the moon. See post titled ‘Paper Moons’ to see examples of this.
‘Paper Moon’ photographs were often shot in portable photographic booths that could be found at arcades, carnivals and county fairs. We were inspired by the images we found of, couples, friends, family and children posing on the moon. Many of the people were obviously having a good time – smiling and ‘messing about’ for the camera.
This proposal ‘A Trip to the Moon’ creates a scene where people interact with a world of fantasy, and romance, re-live childhood dreams, and memories, in a creative and individualistic way. People can imagine a scene, and play it out on the moon; sit, lie, kiss, play, swoon on the moon, shoot for moon, have a drink on the moon, and have fun on the moon. These are just some of the imagined activities that people can partake in, and its appeal is to people of all ages.
A Trip to the Moon is a self-serve, old style photo-booth. Individual festival goers with modern cameras, telephones, and apps will provide the means to create their own individual pictures to take away free of charge, and that can then be quickly uploaded to various social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, Instagram and flickr.
At the turn of the century there was a general fascination with the moon. The first successful flight of an airplane by the Wright Brothers in 1903 redefined the realms of possibility for humans and flying to the moon became a goal within the grasp of those on earth.
We see this piece as a symbol of re-defining the realms of possibility in our own lives and shooting for our dreams.
Here are some of our preliminary sketches for this proposal.
Here are some pictures of the work in progress.
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