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Katie Paterson

(Scotland 1981 – )

Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon)
Media categories
Time-based media, Installation
Materials used
Disklavier Grand Piano, digital sound file, Earth-Moon-Earth book, headsets
AP1 (Edition of 3 + 2 AP)

installation dimension variable

Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity
Gift of Vicki and Geoff Ainsworth AM 2011
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

"'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." accessed 12/10/11

Bibliography (3)

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.).

Exhibition history (1)

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