Meet Luna City

Inside the Pavilion

June 7th, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet Luna City is an immersive experience that brings its audience face to face with people who live on the Moon in the year 2175. Through this dialogue, the audience explores a rich reality of humans in space and the challenges of forming habitat and society beyond the Earth.

In the framing fiction of Meet Luna City, by means of a quaint device, we are able to communicate through time with people on the Moon in the future. However, to avoid “timesnap” (affecting that future), the audience must pretend to also be living in the year 2175 – in a small colony on an asteroid, for example, or on Mars. Meet Luna City thus engages its audience with questions about living their own lives away from Earth: what’s good, what’s necessary, and what can be left behind.

“In Meet Luna City, the audience gets to meet some citizens of Luna City who are living on the Moon a hundred and fifty-seven years from now, and chat with these citizens about life in the moon community: what it’s like and how it came to be. But first they need to prepare their own alternate reality: where do they live in the year 2175? What sort of community do they live in? Are they also living off-Earth? In so doing, we bring up intriguing questions about the sorts of lives we want to be living, and the positive futures we want to be living them in.

“People may be surprised to hear that the Moon is not a cold and sterile place, but a real human community, with ritual, conflict, ecology and human connection at its heart.” – Kenneth Ecklund, artist of games and play, currently an artist-in-residence at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

This installation is jointly presented by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

This installation is made possible by the Baruch Blumberg Astrobiology Scholarship.