The title Moonaris refers to the Copernican idea of observing the sky, exploring outer space, and discovering the unknown. It also suggests – following the vision of the science fiction writer, Stanisław Lem – to imagine the seemingly unimaginable, for example: the future development of the surface of the Moon, which may actually become reality in our lifetime. Elwira Wojtunik and Popesz Csaba Láng were inspired by the latest findings of scientists exploring the silver globe. Rock samples taken for the first time from the largest basaltic plain on the surface of the Moon – the lunar mare known as Oceanus Procellarum – prove that there were some geologically recent active volcanic eruptions on the surface of the Moon. These discoveries fundamentally change our understanding of Earth’s natural satellite. Perhaps the Moon isn’t as lifeless as we previously thought. In creating the installation, the artists relied on scientific research and databases made available by NASA. The digital simulation of the Moon’s surface was designed with the use of a 3D game engine.

The artwork was commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

Concept and creation: Elwira Wojtunik & Popesz Csaba Láng [Elektro Moon Vision]
Music: Pandelis Diamantides
Production: Photon Foundation 2023