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File Name: Unsettling the Ground
Logged by: Amelyn Ng

Invited research contribution to "Down to Earth": Luxembourg Pavilion, 18th Venice Biennale 2023
“A perverted material library by Lev Bratishenko, Francelle Cane, Anastasia Kubrak, Jane Mah Hutton, Marija Marić, Amelyn Ng, Bethany Rigby, and Fred Scharmen.”

How to: mind the moon is the result of a 2-week research workshop organized by the Luxembourg Pavilion (curated by Francelle Cane and Marija Marić) with the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Lev Bratishenko). (I was one of five researchers invited to look at the moon’s materialities critically, against the grain of space extraction.) The outcome of the workshop — a material library — was exhibited as part of the exhibition Down to Earth at the 2023 Luxembourg Pavilion in Sale d’Armi, Arsenale di Venezia for the 18th Venice Biennale.

The material library “offers another way of reading five lunar materials: regolith, lunar dust, solar wind, seconal sodium, and aluminium. A perversion of the format of a material sample and datasheet—technical documents commonly used in material science to describe chemical and mechanical properties of materials—the workshop outlines another kind of material library, that which goes beyond the perceived scientific neutrality of materials. Instead, it frames the political, social, environmental, and cultural conditions of materials, both as a physical matter and a form of fiction.” (CCA)

Contribution: Lunar Dust entry & ‘Dust Spill’ sample
Photo 1 by Anita Cariolaro
Photos 2,3,4,5 by Antoine Espinasseau

© 2022 Amelyn Ng