Aleksandra Mir

The Sense of Movement, When Artists Travel

By Lawrence Weschler
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Dec 2015

Swedish-American Aleksandra mir (b. 1967) landed as the "first woman on the moon" on August 29, 1999. About ten hours before she arrived, a lunar landscape was created on a beach in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, with the help ffifty volunteers and some bulldozers. The video documenting these events -- a compostite of still images and amateur and press footage -- shows the transformation of the beach into a barren site, followed by the moon landing itself, represented by an image inscribed in our collective memory: the moment of staking the American flag in the ground -- which is exactly what Mir did on that Dutch beach. It was the extraterrestrial journey that never departed Earth.