transmediale Award 2010 Nominees
With the installation Artifical Moon (2007) the Chinese artist Wang Yuyang has employed a variety of energy saving light bulbs to create a glowing four-meter sphere named after the orb of night. In a poetic way this work draws attention to the changing roles of technology and environment by highlighting the tension between the natural and the artificial. Last year Artificial Moon was suspended like a giant Chinese lantern between the trees of a public park in Xujiahui, one of the few green spots of a city in which - not unlike in many other cities of Today - the visibility of the real moon, and the stars, often retreats behind the radiance of a brightly illuminated night-time sky. Yet, also the sight of Wang Yuyang's moon is not a straight-forward material substitute: by gazing into its light we become temporarily blinded, losing sight of everything for a moment. At least in occidental terms the gaze carries with it the power of action and possession. Interestingly, the question 'who owns the moon?' used to be a favourite peg for East-West quarrels during Cold War times. Does Artificial Moon in the end perform the hint of an answer?