The Moonwalk Machine - Selena's Step (2013)

Installation with video (color, sound), screens, and lambda print, 4:30 min, dimensions variable.
Device: Steel, Aluminium
Device Size: 115 x 75 x 70 cm
© Sputniko!
Courtesy the artist and Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo.

Nearly half a century has passed since Apollo 11 made man's first lunar landing in history but no female steps have been made on the moon yet. "The Moonwalk Machine - Selena's Step" unravels a story about the protagonist Selena, a science geek girl, who invents a lunar rover rigged with high-heels with the hope to leave her marks on the surface of the moon. The installation includes an image of a super heroine "Lunar Girl" - which Selena dreams of becoming, as well as the actual lunar rover. The machine was created after visiting and talking with engineers and specialists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, and is designed so that the high-heel marks are left firmly on the moon's surface. True to the word "sci-fi", the work embodies a mixture of science and fiction, but the inspiration actually came from an amateur scientist, a 13 year old girl, who succeeded in launching a Hello Kitty doll aboard a rubber balloon into the stratosphere. One may feel that the next 'giant leap for mankind' maybe made in the not so distant future, not for the purpose of winning the space race but for fulfilling a personal and romantic wish.

Credits:

Artist: Sputinko!, Photography: Rai Royal, Lyrics: Sputniko!, Music Composition: Katsuhiko Sugiyama (USAGI), Music Arrangement: Ram Rider, Cast:Selena by Nina Endo, Lunar Girl by Sputniko!, Rover Design & Production:Naoki Kawamoto(N and R Foldings Japan)/Rover Mechanics:KIMURA, Machine Metals: Chuetsu Kogyo, Video Director:Kazuma Ikeda(P.I.C.S. management), Video Production P.I.C.S.Co.,Ltd. , Producer:Hironori Terai(P.I.C.S.), Takahiko Kajima(P.I.C.S.)/Production Manager:Nobu Enomoto, Kota Yamauchi(P.I.C.S.)/Camera: Tetsuya Kondoh/Camera Assistant: Ryuji Yamamoto/Light: Koshiro Ueno/Light Assistant:Takashi Kobayashi/Art Designer:Ryo Oosato/Art Production Manager:Katsuaki Gotoh(NVC)/Interior Stylist:Masaaki Oohira/Editor:Yusuke Tsutsumi(IMAGICA)/Sound Mixer:Naoko Minowa(IMAGICA)/Hair&Make-up:Koji Kasai(UpperCrust)/Stylist:(Sputniko!): TAKAO, Fashion Credits: Fashion Credits: Kurogouchi design office, ANREALAGE, AMBUSH®, ATELIER SWAROVSKI, Daisuke Yoshikawa

Supported by:
Agency for Cultural Affairs (Project to Support and Nurture of Media Arts Creators 2013)
LUNA & LUNA
HAKUTO
DELL

ムーンウォーク☆マシン、セレナの一歩 (2013)

Installation with video (color, sound), screens, and lambda print, 4:30 min, dimensions variable.
Device: Steel, Aluminium
Device Size: 115 x 75 x 70 cm
© Sputniko!
Courtesy the artist and Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo.

アポロ11号による人類史上初の月面着陸から約半世紀、月面にはいまだ女性の足あとが無い。《ムーンウォーク☆マシン、セレナの一歩》では、理系女子セレナが、彼女の憧れるスーパーヒロイン「ルナ☆ガール」のような強くカッコいい靴あとを月に残すべく、ハイヒール付月面ローバーを発明するというストーリーが展開する。マシンはテキサス州ヒューストンのNASA Johnson 宇宙センター訪問や、日本発月面探査開発チーム「HAKUTO」とのディスカッションなどの情報協力を得て作られたもので、ローバー走行後に月面に靴あとが残るよう設計されたコンセプト・モデルである。まさにリアルとファンタジーが混じり合うSFの世界だが、実はこの作品は13歳の少女がハロー・キティをゴム気球に乗せて成層圏へ飛ばすというアマチュア・サイエンスの快挙に着想を得たもの。宇宙開発競争のためではなく、個人のロマンチックな願いから「人類にとっての偉大な一歩」が更新される未来はそう遠くないかも知れない。

Credits:

Artist: Sputinko!, Photography: Rai Royal, Lyrics: Sputniko!, Music Composition: Katsuhiko Sugiyama (USAGI), Music Arrangement: Ram Rider, Cast:Selena by Nina Endo, Lunar Girl by Sputniko!, Rover Design & Production:Naoki Kawamoto(N and R Foldings Japan)/Rover Mechanics:KIMURA, Machine Metals: Chuetsu Kogyo, Video Director:Kazuma Ikeda(P.I.C.S. management), Video Production P.I.C.S.Co.,Ltd. , Producer:Hironori Terai(P.I.C.S.), Takahiko Kajima(P.I.C.S.)/Production Manager:Nobu Enomoto, Kota Yamauchi(P.I.C.S.)/Camera: Tetsuya Kondoh/Camera Assistant: Ryuji Yamamoto/Light: Koshiro Ueno/Light Assistant:Takashi Kobayashi/Art Designer:Ryo Oosato/Art Production Manager:Katsuaki Gotoh(NVC)/Interior Stylist:Masaaki Oohira/Editor:Yusuke Tsutsumi(IMAGICA)/Sound Mixer:Naoko Minowa(IMAGICA)/Hair&Make-up:Koji Kasai(UpperCrust)/Stylist:(Sputniko!): TAKAO Fashion Credits: Fashion Credits: Kurogouchi design office, ANREALAGE, AMBUSH®, ATELIER SWAROVSKI, Daisuke Yoshikawa

Supported by:
文化庁(平成25年度メディア芸術クリエイター育成支援事業)
ルナルナ
日本発月面探索プロジェクトHAKUTO
DELL