Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon)
"'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
Disklavier Grand Piano, digital sound file, Earth-Moon-Earth book, headsets
1/2 A/P (edition of 3 + 2 A/P)
installation dimension variable
Signature & date
Signed centre certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "K.P". Not dated.
Gift of Vicki and Geoff Ainsworth AM 2011
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Marking time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 29 Mar 2012–03 Jun 2012
Referenced in 3 publications
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.).
Skye Sherwin, Marking time, 'Katie Paterson', pg.159-73, Sydney, 2012, 160, 170-1 (colour illus.).
Katie Paterson: earth-moon-earth, Oxford, 2008, (colour illus.).