I interviewed many artists during my years hosting the afternoon show on CBC Radio in Whitehorse, but only one decided to take me to the moon.
Heather Horton Whedon lived and worked in the Yukon for a few years, and we had several good conversations. She has always been an interesting and thoughtful interview and an amazing artist.
She left the territory a few years ago, but we have kept in touch. A few weeks ago, she sent me a note and told me that some of her work was going to be included in the next Lunar Codex, a plan to digitize the work of hundreds of creatives and film it on the moon. .
And she asked if an interview we did could be included.
The Lunar Codex has been called “the largest and most diverse cultural collection ever launched on the moon.”
Physicist and storyteller Samuel Peralta is the project payload coordinator.
“What we’re trying to do is archive contemporary artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers in a time capsule,” Peralta said. “Except this time the time capsule is not under a building, it is rocketing to the moon.”
There will be three separate trips to the Moon, starting next year, and most of the payload will be NASA science projects. Peralta has acquired space for small disks that will contain the art he has organized.
“(Sam) is a longtime collector and I’m just thrilled to be involved in this,” said Horton Whedon.
“It’s quite expensive,” Peralta said. “You can buy tickets for space right now, if you have deep pockets for it. I don’t have those kind of deep pockets, otherwise I would buy a ticket myself. But I have enough of it. money to buy a piece of space. “
The first two voyages of the Lunar Codex will contain art, the third will be larger and will also contain cinematic and audio elements, like the interview Heather and I did a few years ago.
Horton Whedon is especially delighted that two of her 11 paintings feature her cat, Sasha.
“He died while I was in detention and I couldn’t be with him,” she said. “He was such a dear friend. So I texted Sam, knowing the photos were going to be in digital format and maybe he could find room for a painting of Sasha.”
Two paintings depicting Sasha were eventually added to the collection.
“I will never look at the moon the same way again.”