The 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing was considered to be a momentous occasion in the history of humankind, marking the first human landing on a body in outer space, and one of the most widely broadcasted and watched televised events in the history of the world. But did we really land? Since then there have been numerous theories claiming the moon landing was a hoax due to analysis of footage and photographs of the event. Has all of mankind been lied to all this time, and is the moon landing just another one of the numerous staged television productions that we love so much?
Ok so like I severely underestimated the amount of time the live video lasted for LOL but I feel that I captured a lot of good stuff so is ok (——-:
I used the share screen option on FB Live to link the live screen to my Mac Photobooth where I used to background function to create a fake moon backdrop. I was inspired by the famous live broadcasted moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969, which is considered to be the most phenomenal live broadcasted event of human history and was tuned in by 53 million households at the time of broadcast.
My reason for using a backdrop of the moon is that I wanted to contrast how live broadcast is treated today and in the past. Back during the times of Apollo 11, live broadcasted events were a huge and rare thing and were only for extremely significant historical events like the aforementioned moon landing. In my live broadcast I just randomly placed the computer in the lounge and school and people just went up to the screen randomly and interacted with it, not caring that they were being publicly broadcasted live. Some of them were people I didn’t even know and just happen to be passing by (like Ben Slater HAHA), and they had no qualms about just going up to the screen to see themselves on the moon.
I also did a advance post to tell my friends that I was doing a live broadcast and none of them even talked about it and they just used it to roast me and the hole in the head on the photo but some people did take heed of the post and came at the stated timing to join the live stream (thanks Shaf ((((:)
For this micro-project I decided to just do a quick live video on the spot while in class. It is a parody of the artwork “The Big Kiss” by Annie Abrahams. Basically by positioning myself and different people in the room at different places in the frame I pretended to “kiss” or interact with them, and at the end I allowed the audience to make requests for who they would like me to interact with:
For this micro project, we created our open source artwork using Processing which is an open source software!
We appropriated a code from an open source website (https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/168432) which allows us to input images and text, and it will use the text to re-create the image.
To source the image and text, we used different social media and communication platforms. So the images were sourced by crowd sourcing on Instagram, and the texts were sourced by asking friends on messaging platforms (Whatsapp and Telegram).
And here are the results of the photos from people on Instagram:
So when we randomly input someone else’s chosen text along with a photo someone else has contributed, the resulting image is an artwork which has been collectively created by the 2 people!
Photo from King, text from Darryl
Photo from Xinyi, text from Andree
These platforms encourage communication between us and our friends/audience and it is really easy for people to contribute to this piece. As the artists we took a step back and all we did was use the platform (Processing) which was obtained from open source and we “gave” it to the audience as a platform to show their chosen/contributed pieces.
Ever since I was in JC, my secret fantasy was to become a youtuber because I wanted to be famous for doing nothing. People are always crticising youtubers for having content that is too mundane and don’t understand why the audience would want to watch videos of them just doing everyday things. This video is my response to these people: what do you really want to see in a video?