Proposal for the Rhizome Commission 2012-13
Nick Bontrager and Nathaniel Hartman
Monolith 1. a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column; 2. a massive structure; 3. an organized whole that acts as a single unified powerful or influential force*
The moon has no monoliths, only an absence. Craters, left billions of years ago, reflect not only the moon’s history, but the history of the Earth as well. Without the moon, humans may have never existed. This alien and yet familiar surface becomes the investigation in Opération Lune.
Opération Lune is a scaled and inverted reproduction of the Moon’s surface. Late in 2011, NASA released the most comprehensive depth data ever recorded of the moon’s surface. Captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), this data allows us to create physical environment for viewers to explore. To date, only 12 human beings have set foot on the moon. By inverting the landscape, turning craters into mountains, Opération Lune allows viewers to be inside of the moon. The impact and imprint left so long ago becomes physical and real for the viewer.
The installation will be encapsulated in a “clean space”, not unlike ones used at NASA to build spacecraft. This room will allow the viewer to enter and be encapsulated in the experience of Opération Lune. At its’ formation, the moon was only 15,000 miles away from the Earth, dominating the sky. Opération Lune brings this history into focus and creates a physical presence for a landscape that feels close and foreign at the same time.
*Merriam-Webster online dictionary
Opération Lune- Rhizome Commission
A Rhizome Commission for this project would enable the first phase of research and testing in scale, materiality, and planning of the work. Our hope is to partner with NASA and the LROC team at Arizona State University to accurately reflect the captured data. This installation hinges on creating an environment that is reflective of the massive scale of the moon, so a determination of what is too big and what is too small must be made. Molds, models, and environments would be created and flushed out in this first phase. Audio components will also be explored, such as satellite and sub-sonic frequencies, within this phase. Besides a scale model of the installation, an edition of 3D printed Opération Lune would result from a Rhizome Commission. This installation reflects a shared history between the Earth and the Moon and allows viewers to experience the moon’s landscape first hand.
Proposed Timeline and Budget:
|Planning and research:||Summer - Fall 2012|
|Materials testing and model production:||Fall 2012 - Spring 2013|
|Video/Audio production and exhibition planning:||Fall 2013|
|Materials testing, mold making, foam cnc carving:||$2,000|
|3D printing and materials||$1,000|
|Audio sessions and production||$1,000|
|Video production and planning for phase 2 of the project and exhibition:||$1,000|
Nick Bontrager is an artist whose work explores the physical and conceptual nature of the moving image, game-based interactions and exchanges, and mankind's struggle to learn more about the vast unknown. He will soon be joining the TCU School of Art as an Assistant Professor of New Media in Fort Worth, Texas.
Nick Bontrager - CV
Nathaniel Hartman is a sound sculptor and musical inventor based in Columbus, Ohio. His work revolves around finding the phenomenological or experiential relationships within data streams. These data streams come from the internet, library archives, or live interaction with a piece. Whether sonifying voices through an upright piano, collecting earthquake resonances, or systemically reading and recording document archives, Nathaniel searches for uniformity in chaos. He received first prize in the Denman Research Forum at The Ohio State University for his musical interface Vimo, a touch controller for the vibraphone. His work has been shown throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Nathaniel just completed a commissioned work for the Next 50, an international art exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. He currently teaches in the Art and Technology Department at The Ohio State University.
Nathaniel Hartman - CV