Artist on the Moon is the latest project from Icelandic artist Borghildur Indriðadóttir, who aims within the next few years to fly to the Moon and perform a contemporary dance piece that will be live-streamed back to Earth.
Borghildur Indriðadóttir taps into her experience in architecture, performance, dance, and acting to question our understanding of systematic structures, power structures, and the psychological structures that determine what we believe to be true. Her practice is driven by aspects of cinema and informed by broad research into gender and power. Formerly employed at Studio Olafur Eliasson, she has worked in collaboration with many artists, curators, directors, and scientists.
An artistic undertaking of unparalleled scope, and the first performance ever to take place on the moon’s surface, this project aims to interrogate gender structures in art and science, and ultimately question the ways in which we, as humans, understand our role within the solar system.
Unlike previous missions to the Moon, which saw national flags raised and pieces of rock ripped from the surface and taken back to Earth, implying ownership or conquest, this project does not seek to claim dominion over anything. Rejecting colonial visions in favour of the peaceful gesture, Artist on the Moon may ask more questions than provide answers: How can humans approach and begin to dismantle the patriarchal structures we find ourselves immersed in? What claims to power and ownership are being made in relation to unmanned territories - and how are we to understand them?