Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Idea scetch- not realized
The Idea for this work came during an exhibition in the Industry Museum Pieberg in Osnabrück.
It was the result of a workshop with the name “Industrial culture- the new culture?”
The project was dealing with the former mining area called Piesberg that exist as a gigantic gaping hole in the landscape. Walking through this man made canyon I constantly had to make up names to describe certain places in this alienating surrounding, which let me think about how we name and project our culture on a unnamed landscape.
The Moon is the only celestial body to which humans have traveled and upon which humans have performed a manned landing. The Moon's surface is marked by impact craters, which form when asteroids and comets collide with the lunar surface.
There are about half a million craters with diameters greater than 1 km on the moon (and
human made objects like the golf balls from Alan Shepard's driving practice during Apollo 14).
A name is a label for a human or animal, thing, place, and even an idea or concept, normally used to distinguish one from another.
Planetary nomenclature, - is a system of naming uniquely identified features on the surface of a celestial body in order that it can be easily located, described, and discussed. The task of assigning the official names is performed by the IAU (International Astronomical Union), in response to the need for unambiguous names for astronomical objects it has created a number of systematic naming systems for bodies of various sorts.
When high-resolution images and maps of a planet become available a theme for naming features is chosen. Later additional names can be requested that describe specific surfaces, features, or geologic formations. Of cause there are rules governing the process, here a few of them.
-Individual names chosen for each body should be expressed in the language of origin. Transliteration for various alphabets should be given, but there will be no translation from one language to another (in the 17th century, Giovanni Battista Riccioli and Francesco Maria Grimaldi gave many craters the names they still have today, it would be harder for us if the Russian or Chinese had the first choice)
-No names having political, military or religious significance may be used, except for names of political figures prior to the 19th century. (Note: Apparently this only goes for religions that are widely practiced today, since gods and goddesses of ancient religions are obviously acceptable to the IAU).
-Commemoration of persons on planetary bodies is reserved for persons of high and enduring international standing. Persons being so honored must have been deceased for at least three years. Craters are generally named after deceased scientists, scholars, artists and explorers who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field. Additionally, craters in or around Mare Moscoviense are named after deceased Russian cosmonauts and craters in and around Apollo crater are named after deceased American astronauts.