September 12th, 1962, President Kennedy addressed Rice University with a speech declaring the United States an active contender in the space race that would, seven years later, land the first two men on the moon. Launching from the Kennedy Space Center Complex on July 11th, 1969, Apollo 11 became the symbol of a scientific and social venture that involved over half a million individuals.
Today, the tendency of the media to deconstruct historical events and then re-release the resulting content through various online outlets has resulted in a wasteland of historical material. Historical recordings are frequently condensed for the Internet and flattened onto the computer monitor for the viewer to promptly ingest. The resulting decontextualization and fragmentation of this media has allowed individuals to literally jump nonlinearly through the archive, creating riffs and irregularities relating to the historical event itself. Ultimately, online media functions as malleable bits of coding that is susceptible to manipulation through various forms of intervention.
The Apollo Project is a three-panel projection that alludes to themes of history, media and the archive. As one of the most highly documented historical events occurring within the past century, the Internet is highly saturated with information about the Apollo 11 mission. The Apollo Project attempts to create a dialogue about how media translates history and meaning through the process of fragmentation and re-contextualization. Using YouTube as the medium, The Apollo Project is carefully stitched together using found, public media in an attempt to both reconstruct the historical voyage to the moon and draw attention to the inherent fallacies of this new media through which we might engage with history.