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Sept. 23: Art Professor Lowry Burgess Featured in Exhibition at French Space Agency


Eric Sloss                            

Carnegie Mellon Art Professor Lowry Burgess
Featured in Exhibition at French Space Agency

PITTSBURGH—Lowry Burgess, professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, is featured in the Patrimony and Creation exhibition at Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French government's space agency. Burgess' "Lunar Antiphon" is an aspect of his work "Boundless Cubic Lunar Aperture," the first work of art ever taken into space by a NASA shuttle.
Nicknamed "Moonbounce," the "Lunar Antiphon" project integrates holograms, video and photography into an art piece connecting the moon, which controls the tides and the earth through the object of their common dominion: water.
The project began when Burgess assembled a capsule filled with waters from 18 of the world's river systems, elements comprising the majority of the periodic table and a cube covered with featureless holograms. The capsule was launched to outer space on NASA's Discovery shuttle in 1989. The waters were then returned to earth and poured into Diamond Spring in Pennsylvania. The event at Diamond Spring was recorded and sent in short-wave radio signals to the moon. Reflecting back to earth, the radio signals were synthesized into holograms.
"Lunar Antiphon" has exhibited at Sandy Pond in Lincoln, Mass., the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia and the International Maison de Photographie in Paris. Burgess is a former dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon and is a distinguished fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.