They Used To Call It the Moon

Caroline Corbasson / Katy Cole / Aaron Guy / Mishka Henner / Thomas Ireland / Hefin Jones / Kate Liston / Cristina de Middel / Aleksandra Mir / Michael Mulvihill / Liam Murray / Mehreen Murtaza / Katie Paterson / Joseph Popper / Elizabeth Price / Sophy Rickett / Antonio Riello / Aura Satz / Shimabuku / Marko Tadić

25 April 2014 - 29 June 2014

A group show exploring the enduring presence of the moon and the rich iconography of space on the popular imagination of artists. With reworked stories and imagined realities, ideas and tropes from science fiction, mixed with conspiracy theories and an interest in fictional restaging, the exhibition illustrates differing global perspectives of the moon and reworks its prevailing image on our collective imagination.

They Used to Call it the Moon brings together artists from Pakistan, Croatia and the UK working in film, photography, sculpture and collage. BALTIC 39 will also provide a platform for ideas and discussion where scientists, environmentalists, astronomers, artists and writers will share their knowledge and experiences in relation to the future possibilities of the moon. 

BALTIC has programmed a series of associated events to accompany this exhibition including film screenings, discussion, performance and a stargazing trip to Kielder Observatory. 

View the full events programme at BALTIC’s project space at baltic39.com 

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Image credits

Sophy Rickett, Observation 114 1991/2013, Black & White Bromide Print. Courtesy the artist and Camilla Grimaldi Gallery, London.

Katy Cole, Galaxias (detail) 2013. Courtesy the artist. 

Joseph Popper, The One-Way Ticket space capsule. Installation view, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, April 2013. 

Aura Satz, Harvard Pinafore Human Computer Play 1929. Courtesy of Harvard College Observatory 

Michael Mulvihill, Pursuit of happiness (Cosmonaut 8) 2013. Courtesy Vane Gallery.

Aaron Guy, One silver Gas station 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Marko Tadic, We Used to Call it the Moon, 2011. Courtesy the artist.

Kate Liston, Moon Rabbit 2012. Courtesy the artist.

Aleksandra Mir, First Woman on the Moon, Casco Projects, Utrecht on location in the Netherlands, 28 August 1999. Courtesy the artist.

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