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posted on 2019-07-20, 00:00 authored by Dirk De Bruyn
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Series

Apollo 11 Project

Place of publication

Parkes, N.S.W.

Start date

2019-07-20

End date

2019-07-21

Language

eng

Notes

What comes back when we look at that giant step for mankind? An expansive launch control centre, manned by an array of technicians in ‘Mad Men’ suits, miniaturizes into the computing power of an I-phone that fits into your handbag or back pocket. Outer space is marked as American with a crackling male radio voice. The man on the moon comes back to a never ending series of ticker tape parades, idolatry and nationalism. Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Triumph of the Will’ returns in living pop-kitsch colour. A technical singularity is expressed as a celebratory social space of looping recognition, photography, filming, waving of hands and flags. The bodies mingle. Women smile and clap. Men thrust their hands in the air. Technology flips. What is real? The cameras pointed at Neil now regulate us all. Every clap accumulates a Facebook ‘like’. Content morphs into structure. A documentary animation becomes as real as any photograph of the earth or the moon.

Research statement

What is the impact of technology on public space? Where did the current pre-occupation with social media originate?

Publication classification

JR1 Recorded/Rendered Creative Works – Film/Video

Scale

NTRO Minor

Extent

HD Digital File.

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Also screened at: The Project Space - Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, VIC July 16 - August 3 Deep Space Communication Complex, Canbearra Space Centre - Tidbinbilla, ACT July 16 - 23 Coolart Homestead and Nature Reserve, Somers - Mornington Peninsuala, VIC August 11 LOOP Bar, Melbourne, 2 November.

Publisher

The Apollo Project. Pam Bain and Parkes Observatory - Parkes, NSW July 20 - 21

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