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Moon as muse
Electric dreams
In the northern hemisphere summer of 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar mission launched from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Four days later, on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon.

America’s space race with the USSR may have weighted the endeavour with geopolitics, yet 50 years after the moon landing, artists’ imaginations continue to roam free about our planet’s natural satellite.


I am a white man who has become a white colonial woman in a yellow frock. I am standing in a warehouse in St Peters, in inner-western Sydney, otherwise known as Dr Josh Harle’s Tactical Space Lab, where virtual dreams become reality. Wearing a headset and with a control in each hand, I can see my pretty reflection in a mirror, a bonnet tied around my head. I pick up a red lipstick and apply it.

I then pick up an animated Polaroid camera in this world, snap my sweet image, and a real-life glossy photograph of virtual avatar me (in a camp pose) prints out as a souvenir to take home.




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