1. The Moon




The moon is the earth’s only natural satellite which orbits planet earth. In other words, the earth and the moon is in an absolute interdependent relationship just as human and nature.


In 1957, an earth-born object made by man was launched into the universe, where for some weeks it circled the earth according to the same laws of gravitation that swing and keep in motion the celestial bodies—the sun, the moon, and the stars. To be sure, the man-made satellite was no moon or star, no heavenly body which could follow its circling path for a time span that to us mortals, bound by earthly time, lasts from eternity to eternity. Yet, for a time it managed to stay in the skies; it dwelt and moved in the proximity of the heavenly bodies as though it had been admitted tentatively to their sublime company. 

// THE HUMAN CONDITION, Hannah Arendt, 1958


To our ancestors the moon was the projection screen for wishes, oaths and imagination looking at it from the far distance. It was the oldest and first “tele-vision” which literally means “far-look” in Ancient Greek. 


“ My experimental TV is not always interesting but not always uninteresting. Like nature, which is beautiful, not because it changes beautifully, but simply because it changes.”

// MOON IS THE OLDEST TV, Nam June Paik, 1964


The dream of an adventure on the moon might have begun since Galileo’s ‘telescope’. It was merely a wish for a journey, not an escape nor an experiment. 

In the desire for movement, travel and driving is more the desire for higher speed than to get to know the distance, the stranger and other places.

// SPEED AND POLITICS, Paul Virilio, 1977


We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
// MOON SPEECH, John F. Kennedy, 1962 (︎full speeach)


FULL MOON, Eden Abehz, 1960

To live in an old shack by the sea
(And breathe the sweet salt air)
To live with the dawn and the dusk
The new moon and the full moon
The tides the wind and the rain…
To surf and comb the beach
And gather drift-wood and shells
And know the thrill of loneliness
And lose all sense of time
And be freeTo hike over the island to the village
And visit the marketplace
And enjoy the music and the food and the people
And do a little trading
And see the great ships come and go
And in the evening
(When the sky is on fire)
Heaven and earth become my great open cathedral
Where all men are brothers
Where all things are bound by law
And crowned with love
Poor, alone and happy
I make a fire on the beach
And as darkness covers the face of the deep
Lie down in the wild grass
And dream the dream that the dreamers dream
I am the wind, the sea, the evening star
I am everyone, anyone, no one






Mark
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