Exhibition: Paper Moon

Paper Moon is an installation made by Ilona Gaynor and Craig Sinnamon. It's on show at V2_ from Friday 13 December till Friday January 10 2014.

Exhibition: Paper Moon

Image from Paper Moon

Dec 2013
Jan 2014
12:00 to 17:00
location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Contemporary visions of space tend to be positioned firmly within a collective romanticised view, our attention being drawn on sci-fi aesthetics, the hero or the patriarchal.

Paper Moon explores the emerging legal and economic consequences of prospective acquisitions currently on the horizon. Common Law (that is to say Earth’s common law) has no legal definition for what ‘Outer Space’ actually means, what it is, and where it is. The problem we face with such literal unmarked territory; is the emergent field of ‘Space Law’, a hybridised law built from a varying spectrum of pre-dated policy, speculation and foresight.

With a surge in larger scales of power and wealth, technology is no longer bound by government or social visions, but can be planned and executed by privileged individuals.  On paper, in various offices across Earth, the galaxy has become a Wild West of marked territory, land grabbing and fortune hunting.  

"Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming." Wernher von Braun - American, rocket scientist, aerospace engineer and space architect.

Paper Moon presents a library of investigation into several current and prospective investment plots, plans and contingency strategies that focus more directly on economic territories being cultivated, won, lost and considered throughout various offices around the world.

Drawing from historical archives, news reports, scientific papers and law the work is presented as a cluster of texts, photographs, maps, objects that coordinate various opposing plans, currently on the desks of the dominant stakeholders.

Paper Moon is developed by Ilona Gaynor and Craig Sinnamon during a residency at V2_.

The exhibition is open from Friday 13 December  till Friday 20 December: 13:00 - 18:00 (closed Sunday and Monday).

Between Saturday 21 December and Friday January 10 2014 the installation is visible from the street. Exhibition access can be arranged by appointment -- please contact: Michelle Kasprzak mk@v2.nl

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