MetaBook: The Book of Luna is an expanded cinema installation, an electronic cabinet of curiosities that formally examines how structural and dynamic montage can be employed in counterpoint to create experimental narratives and immersive experiences. A participatory artwork combining the experiential qualities of text, sculpture, interactive media, and cinema within the enclosed architecture of a tabletop object, The Book of Luna narrates a poetic essay about the Moon’s place in the historical imagination. The nature of love, madness, the unknown, and our capacity for the sublime are amongst the intellectual passions that have crystallized around our only satellite. Unfolding across a series of projections and nested spaces, this artwork treats the Moon both as a poetic concept and as a concrete, navigable place. The reader is invited to fly in orbit between texts written and inspired by some of the Moon’s great philosophers and scientists and the lunar craters that have been named after them.
As a hybrid artifact that brings together illusion and science, aesthetics and apparatus, this work specifically explores how the topographical architecture that a film occupies can be used as an external signifier of the film’s internal logic. In doing so, the MetaBook re-invents expanded cinema according to a neo-baroque logic of serial miniaturization that unlocks proportionally vast sensorial and imaginary realms, conjuring an experience that Deleuze describes as “matter…offer(ing) an infinitely porous, spongy, or cavernous texture without emptiness, caverns endlessly contained in other caverns: no matter how small, each body contains a world pierced with irregular passages."
meta_narratives, ISEA2014 / American University of Sharjah, Dubai
November 1-9, 2014
Cherchez le Texte, Centre Pompidou / Bibiothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
September 23-26, 2013
iMappening, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
This work was created with support from iMAP at the University of Southern California and The Diploma in Innovation, USC
© Clea T. Waite, Lauren Fenton 2014