Moon Stories: The Day the World Changed! is a project that commemorates the 50th anniversary year of the broadcast of the first Moon Walk from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, just outside the ACT. It deals with history, human footprints, cultural differences and ‘deep time’. The project establishes partnerships between Parks ACT, Heritage ACT, NASA/CSIRO (via the Deep Space Tracking Station), Namadgi High School, Mt Stromlo/ANU, and members of the community, sharing ‘moon walk memories’ and our aspirations for the future–on earth, and in the skies. It incorporates a group of Canberra dancers over 55 (Canberra Dance Theatre’s GOLDS) and media/technology students from the Faculty of Arts and Design, Canberra University.
Ngunnawal elder Tyronne Bell shared his wisdom about indigenous knowledge of the stars with the school children.
Adjunct activities include: a cyanotype printing workshop courtesy of Photo Access, and a meditative participatory ‘Traversing the Solar System’ created by Dr John Reid (former head of the Environment Studio, School of Art, ANU) . Augmented reality [AR] content has been created for the ACT Heritage ‘Canberra Tracks’ digital way-finding app, featuring interviews with John Saxon [Operations Supervisor during the first moon walk broadcast]. The AR clips are activated from a collector’s set of 4 postcards specially designed to celebrate the Anniversary.
This project has received generous funding from the ACT Heritage Council. The project runs from February-July 2019, with performances at Namadgi Visitor’s Centre [April 30], Mt Stromlo [July 12] and workshops at ANU Commons [July 18-20].