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Title

Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon)

2007


Artist

Katie Paterson

Scotland

1981 -


About

"'Earth-Moon-Earth' (E.M.E ) is a form of radio transmission whereby messages are sent in Morse code from earth, reflected from the surface of the moon, and then received back on earth. The moon reflects only part of the information back – some is absorbed in its shadows, ‘lost’ in its craters.

For this work, Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' has been translated into Morse code and sent to the moon via E.M.E.

Returning to earth 'fragmented' by the moon's surface, it has been re-translated into a new score, the gaps and absences becoming intervals and rests. In the exhibition space the new 'moon–altered' score plays on a self-playing grand piano."

http://www.katiepaterson.org/eme/ accessed 12/10/11


Details


Date

2007


Materials used

Disklavier Grand Piano, digital sound file, Earth-Moon-Earth book, headsets


Edition

AP1 (Edition of 3 + 2 AP)


Dimensions

installation dimension variable


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of authenticity


Credit

Gift of Vicki and Geoff Ainsworth AM 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

393.2011.a-b


Artist information

Katie Paterson

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Marking time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 29 Mar 2012–03 Jun 2012


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Alfrey, Earth-Moon-Earth, 'Transmission, reflection and loss: Katie Paterson' s Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon)', pg.7-15, Nottingham, 2009, (colour illus.).

Modern Art Oxford, Katie Paterson: earth-moon-earth, Oxford, 2008, (colour illus.).

Skye Sherwin, Marking time, 'Katie Paterson', pg.159-73, Sydney, 2012, 160, 170-1 (colour illus.).