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Pearl of Lunar

Henry Tan

Pearl of Lunar

2020

Fresh water pearl

1 x 1.2 cm

status:

Returned

Pearl of Lunar is a continuation of the project titled The Merchants Trinity which explored infrastructural desire and the futurity of Belt-and-Road Initiatives as seen through wealth accumulation, labor infiltration, and geopolitical control.

MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Pearl of Lunar is a continuation of the project titled The Merchants Trinity which explored infrastructural desire and the futurity of Belt-and-Road Initiatives as seen through wealth accumulation, labor infiltration, and geopolitical control. But also, more ephemerally, the affective meshwork of greed and possessiveness that functions at the level of the individual and corporate entities. Through researching unfinished projects such as the Kra Canal, Space Technology Roadmap and Digital Belt and Road, we map complex relationships between China and the rest of the world. Departing from a motif of the pearl as a signifier of ambitious strategies and predatory tendencies in the oceanic sphere.


Pearl of Lunar portrays both the ancient and future ambitions of the project of the historic Silk Road. The Synchrotron light engraves an unfinished roadmap. The pearl of lunar then sends with a rocket to Low Earth Orbit atmosphere while chemical reactions assemble Nacre or Mother of Pearl which ultimately reflects the future roadmap of an Earth-Moon “Special Economic Zone”.


This project is collaborated with Xin Liu, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative

Pearl of Lunar is part of Sojourner 2020 project with other 8 artist group.

The works appear at International Space Station for 1 month.


Sojourner 2020 (a 1.5U size unit, 100mm x 100mm x 152.4mm ) will be launched into low Earth orbit for about 30 days. It features a three-layer telescoping structure which creates three different “gravities”: zero gravity, lunar gravity, and Martian gravity. Each layer of the structure rotates independently. The top layer remains still in weightlessness, while the middle and bottom layers spin at different speeds to produce centripetal accelerations that mimic lunar gravity and Martian gravity, respectively. Each layer carries 6 pockets that can hold projects.

Technical information

artist

Henry Tan

title

Pearl of Lunar

date

2020

this work is part of the following collection

Sojourner 2020

medium

Fresh water pearl

dimensions

1 x 1.2 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

7 Mar 2020

launch  vehicle

SpaceX CRS-20 (Dragon), Flacon 9

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

SLC40 - Cape Canaveral, Florida

Return

return date

6 April 2020

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2020-016A

partners

MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Artist

Henry Tan

Artist

Thailand

Collection

Sojourner 2020

2020

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