"Celebrate with us the gathering of creative powers from around the globe to mark the passage from nothing to something and from thinking into doing. Savour this moment of transformation. Leave your fingerprint and see the shared moon grow as others reach out too. Let’s show the world that together our marks matter. Creativity defies boundaries. Ideas, wind, and air no one can stop". Ai WeiWei & Olafur Eliasson
On November 9th Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson launched their collaborative web-project, called Moon. This took place at Falling Walls, the International Conference of Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society, with Eliasson on stage and Ai appearing via live video feed from his studio in Beijing.
Moon is a webpage open to the public that invites users to leave their mark, drawn or written, on a virtual ‘moon’. As more and more people contribute, the lunar landscape grows from a blank white to a diverse collection of responses, each of which contributes a tiny but visible change to the landscape.
Moon is a testament to the power of personal freedom, creativity, and activity. Taken together, the visions, doodles, statements and greetings make a powerful statement about the potential for ideas to connect people across vast distances and break through political, social, and geographical boundaries.
"By connecting in spaces for imagination" explain Ai and Eliasson, "by determining what to share and how to share it – we can create a greater outcome. Drawing together we are drawn together".