Deserted: A Conspiracy Unfolds
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Deserted: A Conspiracy Unfolds

2016
A play on the Apollo 11 moon landing.
A play on the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The fourth and final scene of Deserted is somewhat embroiled in controversy. At first glance it seems to portray yet another American desert location. In interacting with the scene, however, it becomes clear that it is in fact the lunar landscape of the Apollo 11 moon landing.Upon closer inspection, various anomalous artifices are discovered that lead one to question the depicted landscape. Playing upon the question of whether NASA's astronauts really did land on the moon, a number of key 'pieces of evidence' from the conspiracy theorists can be uncovered within the otherwise hyperrealistic scene.

"The artworks I create are very much a look and a response and sometimes a very romanticised, if not idealised, depiction of the experience I had. If you take, for example, the Deserted artwork, I have these very fond memories of when I was in the United States studying and travelling. For a long time I’d been road tripping around with my camera, documenting the things I’d found. I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of the environment and nature but the memories I have, or the memories I’ve formed from these encounters, tend to become distorted or surreal, sometimes accidentally, sometimes deliberately. There’s this kind of cross-pollination between what is real and the things I’ve been looking at in popular culture. Maybe it’s films that end up being associated with the places I’ve visited and it’s the storytelling’s fault." - Dominic Harris

Extract from interview with Dominic Harris by Simon Quintero.

Year:

2016

Edition:

Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs

Materials:

Code, electronics, computer, 4K touch display, metal

Details:

Dimensions in MM:

65 inch version:
860 (W) x 1485 (H) x 203 (D) mm

86 inch version:
1170 (W) x 2000 (H) x 173 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

65 inch version:
33.8 (W) x 58.5 (H) x 8 (D) inches

86 inch version:
44.1 (W) x 78.7 (H) x 6.8 (D) inches

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