To the Moon
In Laure Anderson’s breath-taking VR installation the viewer experience being shot out from earth, walking on the surface of the moon and being lifted up the side of a lunar mountain and then tossed off. To the Moon is inspired by images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, sci-fi space movies, which, in the hands of this most eclectic avant-garde artist, become raw material for a sensory experience that taps into the viewer’s imagination. Created in a collaboration with Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Hsin-Chien Huang, To the Moon was originally commissioned by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark) for their comprehensive 2018 exhibition The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space.
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Best known for her multimedia presentations, innovative use of technology and first-person style, she is a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theatre, and experimental music. Her recording career, launched by O Superman in 1981, includes many records released by Warner Records. Her recent Landfall (2018) won a Grammy Awar. In 2002 Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA. Anderson has published eight books; her most recent, All The Things I Lost In The Flood, is a series of essays about pictures, language and codes. Anderson’s films include numerous music videos and installation works; Heart of a Dog (2015) was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto film festivals. To the Moon was presented at the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Festival.
Hsin-Chien Huang is a new media creator with backgrounds in art, design, engineer and digital entertainment. His work explores cutting edge technologies in art, literature, design and live performing. His VR collaboration with Laurie Anderson was awarded the Best VR Experience in 74 Venice Film Festival. He won the Fifth Public Art Award from the Ministry of Culture Taiwan in 2016, the Light of Taiwan’s Honor from Taiwan’s President in 2011, the Muse Award of America Association of Museum in 2009 and the grand prize of New Voices, New Vision new media competition in 1994. Hsin-Chien’s art works have been exhibited in galleries, art museums, film festival and TV programmes around the world, including National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Venice Biennale, MOMA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark, Shanghai Biennale, OK Center in Linz, Beijing 798, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and 404 Festival in Argentina. Hsin-Chien also is a professor at National Taiwan Normal University and collaborates with Yahoo Taiwan on Vtuber projects.