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Title

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

2007

Artist

Katie Paterson

Scotland

1981 –

Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
Alternate image of Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata reflected from the surface of the moon) by Katie Paterson
  • Details

    Date
    2007
    Media categories
    Installation , Time-based art
    Materials used
    Disklavier Grand Piano, digital sound file, Earth-Moon-Earth book, headsets
    Edition
    1AP [edition of 3 + 2AP]
    Dimensions
    installation dimension variable
    Signature & date

    Signed centre certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "K.P". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Vicki and Geoff Ainsworth AM 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    393.2011.a-f
    Copyright
    © Katie Paterson

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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

    • Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–07 Feb 2021

  • Bibliography

    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.).

    • 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.).

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