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First Woman On The Moon,

Aleksandra Mir,

Event 28 Aug 1999

Saturday 28 August 1999, from sunrise to sunset on the beach at Noordpier, Wijk Aan Zee. 
 
'First Woman On The Moon', a project by Aleksandra Mir, will take place on 28 August 1999. For one day only, heavy machinery and manpower will transform the flat beach at Wijk aan Zee into a moonscape with hills and craters. The moon will extend across 300 m x 200 m of sand, beneath the smoke of the IJmuiden steel industry. The 'First Woman On The Moon' is a performance, sculpture, environmental art, large-scale entertainment and a playground for children. The project has been realized through help and sponsorship from the local community: the local council provided the permits, and the machine companies, the catering staff at the beach pavilion, hotel owners and the tourist board all contributed. Locals and internationals, art and non-art audiences, journalists, feminists and tourists are invited to come to Wijk aan Zee to bear witness to this event. First Woman On The Moon is being transmitted out into the world like an historic event, to post offices, universities, ministries and anyone interested in space travel. The preparations for the project may be closely followed on Casco's web site in English, French and Spanish. A map and other tourist information is also available. For those who will not be able to attend on 28 August, 'First Woman On The Moon' is above all a media event; just as with the first landing of a man on the moon, people will ask themselves whether the images they are seeing and the messages they are hearing are actually real. And as with the studio-like, flash photography that remained after that event, the photographic 'remains' of the 'First Woman On The Moon' will have to be tested on the accuracy of their depiction of the facts. 
 
In her projects Aleksandra Mir investigates the relationship our generation has with the values and norms of the 'radical' years of the 1960s. Cinema for the Unemployed from 1997 was a project in which a film programme of both old and new disaster movies was played at a theatre during office hours (entrance was free to the unemployed). This was an investigation into the way unemployment was understood in the 1990s: an unwanted tragedy, or a conscious choice for freedom. The moon landing of 1969, together with the Vietnam War, Kennedy's assassination, the Prague Spring and the student riots, is one of the historic events that shaped this era. Extensive reporting in the media has led to these public events being engraved on our collective memory. In a similar way, First Woman On The Moon refers to the power of the media in the construction of our history. 
 
translation: Annable Howland 
 
'First Woman On The Moon' was realised by: 
 
Inaxi Holland (advice) 
 
Gemeente Velsen and Beverwijk 
 
Bert Kisjes, Hotel de Sonnevanck 
 
Abeko BV: Maurice Jona en Kees Coster 
 
Gebroeders Scholten: Rob Snijders, Marcel Boon and Joerie Numan 
 
Lanser's Trio: Jeroen Holleman 
 
SSH/Handep: Max Kwantes, Rob Roberti, Ton de Reuver 
 
Ben Sturgill (styling) 
 
Thuy Pham, United Bamboo, New York (kostuum design) 
 
Ellen Kuller (coupeuse) 
 
Dorien Groeneveld, The Body Shop (make-up) 
 
Valerie Wagner (grafisch ontwerp) 
 
Pamela Fraser (layout) 
 
Gertjan Cupido and Finch van de Zwet, strandpaviljoen Timboektoe (catering) 
 
Apolonija Sustersic (video: camera) 
 
Thorgeir Gudmundsson (video-editing) 
 
Audrey Marlhens, Piotr Uklanski (fotografie) 
 
Victor Hasselblad AB - Gothenburg, Sweden (camera apparatuur) 
 
Mara Mahia (vertaling Spaans, website) 
 
Catherine Bernard (vertaling Frans, website) 
 
Onome Ekeh (tekstredactie, website) 
 
Drummers o.l.v. Otti Fernandes 
 
With special thanks to Karen Baldock (production and project assistent) 
 
see also: 
 
Lars Bang Larssen: Aleksandra Mir in Moss & Roskilde 
 
Aleksandra Mir: Real Experiments #3

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28 Aug 1999

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