Art & Design

Don’t Worry, There’s an Art Museum Coming to the Moon

Art & Design

Don’t Worry, There’s an Art Museum Coming to the Moon

Welcoming Comets for Lunar Terraform and Rhino Radiation Prevention, Ian James, 2017
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Donald Trump is President—nothing should surprise us anymore. Still, a museum on the moon got my attention. The Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon, or MOCAM, as it’s called for short, is the brainchild of LA-based multimedia artist, Julio Orta, who’s already laid plans for its first exhibition. Curated by Joey Cannizzaro, MOCAM’s first show, Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of the Empire, will include work from a dozen artists, focused on “dismantling capitalism” through a range of sculptures, mixed media content and written work. Orta’s already even bought a plot of land, stretching over 20 acres in the D6, Quadrant Charlie, Lot Number 1/0581-0600 section of the moon—whatever the hell that means.

In an essay about the museum, Cannizzaro explains its role as a subversive form of resistance against the government, tourism and colonization of the moon.

“Our fantasy of moon colonization is the ethical conquistador’s dry wet dream,” he wrote. “[…] At the dawn of Trump’s aggregate neo-liberal fascism, their argument that the Left desperately needs to reclaim the future is more urgent than ever,” he continued. “[…] The future I would like to see is one that is divorced from the individualism that has made us so lonely and so vulnerable to exploitation. […] Stirring our dreams into plausible hyperstitians is a small but indispensable step towards dismembering the CEOS in our heads.”

I mean, this isn’t THAT crazy—they did show videos of the future, where everyone was wearing gas masks to students in the 80s. Though it is hard to believe they were already able to buy a piece of land. But hey, whatever works. Right?

Read the rest of Cannizzaro’s frightening, err, informational essay, and learn more about MOCAM, here.