Katie Paterson

(Scotland 1981 – )

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

Location
Not on display
Further information

"'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

Year
2007
Media
Installation, Time-based art
Medium
Disklavier Grand Piano, digital sound file, Earth-Moon-Earth book, headsets
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
Accession number
393.2011.a-b