Video Essay: Apollo Shrugged

This experimental essay combines video combines contemporary footage with sound clips from the 1969 Apollo moon landing to make a statement about the role of technology in our lives.

In 1969, with computers, communication systems, rockets, and climate control technologies, we put a man on the moon.

Today, we can listen to the complete recording of the event on a record player.

Today, we can combine our excess circuit boards and microchips to make art.

“Magnificent desolation,” observes Buzz Aldrin.

“This is science fiction turned into fact,” says Roy Neal.

With audio samples from “Flight to the Moon: The Voyage of Apollo 11.”

For my father on his birthday.

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