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TX-2: MOONSHADOW is an experiment in speculative satellite construction. By its existence, it shows that space missions can be constructed for queer, post-colonial futures, contrary to contemporary commercial, military, and expansionist ends. Consisting of a handmade solar sail, custom 6U cubesat covered in protective sigils for transgender and queer joy, and a sculpted “meteorite” that contains lichen-human hybrid structures, TX-2: MOONSHADOW draws upon the history of transgender desires for extraterrestrial encounters and suggests possibilities for non-human experiences of outer space.
TX-2: MOONSHADOW was developed in the context of Decolonising Mars, a residency hosted by Art Hub Copenhaguen addressing the imaginaries and implications of space travel and migration, focusing on the environmental, social and political inheritance carried by those leaving Earth. Expert Fabrication Assistance: Giorgia Piffaretti. 3D Modeling and Industrial Design: Felipe Rebolledo. Spacecraft Fabrication Space: Georg Rasmussen, CLICK/Kulturværftet, Helsingør, Denmark. Accommodations: Georg Rasmussen, CLICK/Kulturværftet. SEM Scans of Lichen: Bo Thorning, FabLab RUC. Supported by Planetarium Copenhagen.