Hiroshima, 6 August 1945: a sudden flash, a violent explosion, the atomic bomb. Somewhere on the Moon, a creature feels under threat. Shortly after that, the Japanese army receives a signal from a mysterious astronaut. Are we no longer alone in the universe?
A Voyage into the Moon is a body of recent work by the artistic duo Mira Sanders and Cédric Noël. The culture, veneration of the underground, and the history of the Land of the Rising Sun served as a source of inspiration for both artists as they wrote several fictional stories and created an extensive series of publications. In conjunction with the première of their new medium-length film Mission Report and the first showing of their new installations, the Musée du Botanique will be exhibiting their complete works created between 2017 and 2021 for the very first time.
Beautifully staged in a futuristic scenography, the exhibition combines reality and fiction. Mira Sanders and Cédric Noël play leapfrog with fantasy and reality, linking actual events to fanciful fabrications. The drawings, films, scale models, audio works, texts, and installations constitute a fascinating and witty journey through the museum.
Do not be afraid of the thousand viscous legs of the mukade centipede! Immerse yourself in this poetic twilight zone: take a voyage into the moon.
Written and directed by
Mira Sanders & Cédric Noël
9.12.21 - 6.02.22 at Botanique Museum
Exhibition director Grégory Thirion
Curator Ive Stevenheydens
Exhibition coordinator Mathilde Manche
Music & voice Mission Report Tujiko Noriko
Costume design Louise de la Tour
Live @ Museum Botanique Tujiko Noriko, Mathieu Serruys, Gavin Vanaelst, Jente Waerzeggers
Co-production Botanique Exhibitions
Support Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, SOFAM, Flanders State of the Art
Photos Luc Vander Plaetse