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le Voyage dans la Lune

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le Voyage dans la Lune
[Texte disponible uniquement en anglais] 'Le Voyage dans la Lune' (9'48'', 2011-12) is a B/W film inspired by the homonymous George Méliès's movie. The animation is composed by 26 'moonbounced' images of the Lunar phases, kindly provided by Michael Oates (Manchester Astronomical Society). On the 20 September 2011, the 26 images were sent to the Moon in a sequence (one after the next) as radio signals by Bruce Hàlasz, a radio amateur in Brazil; the radio signals, reflected by the rough Moon's surface and
scattered all over, were partly received by Jan van Muijlwijk at the Dwingeloo radio telescope, a 25 metres dish in The Netherlands. The original signals travelled approximately 768.000 Kilometres,
the distance to the Moon and back, losing some data on the way, thus giving the 'moonbounced' images a very unique appearance.
This work has been realized using 'Visual Moonbounce', a technology conceived by Daniela de Paulis (the author of 'le Voyage dans la Lune') as a new application of Moonbounce. This is a technology used from the 1946 by the U.S Military Navy as a form of reliable radio communication and also during the Cold War as espionage tool. Moonbounce was replaced by artificial satellites in the late 50s, however radio amateurs still employ it as a playful form of international
communication.
On the 6 December 2009 visual artist Daniela de Paulis, together with radio amateur Jan van Muijlwijk and the CAMRAS association at Dwingeloo radio telescope, sent for the first time in history an image to the Moon and back. Visual Moonbounce has been widely used by the artist in her project OPTICKS, a live performance between the Earth and the Moon (www.opticks.info). />'le Voyage dans la Lune' is the second work she realized with this new form of communication via the Moon.
The sound of the video has been provided by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The sound is called 'Moonbell' and uses data from one of the sensors of the Lunar orbiting satellite Selene/Kaguya, 'a laser altimeter, transforming the altitude data into musical intervals. The area 'sonified' in 'le Voyage dans la Lune' is on the far side of the Moon, starting at the Korolev crater, across the highest point.
The very slow version of the sound suggests the rhythmic steps of someone walking on the Moon.
This video is the very first attempt to use Moonbounce with moving images and it's the only work of this kind in the world.