U-Ram Choe, ‘Opertus Lunula Umbra (Hidden Shadow of Moon)’, 2008, bitforms gallery
U-Ram Choe, ‘Opertus Lunula Umbra (Hidden Shadow of Moon)’, 2008, bitforms gallery

Recently, scientists studying the effects of moonlight on humans have made significant progress towards their research due to a discovery of a new phenomenon. Rather than being absorbed, when light from the atmosphere hits the moon it instead radiates off of the moon's surface and travels to earth. This particular atmospheric reflection from the moon has been observed having strange effects on humans, often amplifying their ability to fantasize and blurring boundaries between what is real and imagined.

Humans are especially susceptible to this energy, which is most marked during the full moon, in harbor cities more so than that of inland cities. Thus it has been determined that populated areas surrounding water are affected by this phenomena as harbor and coastal cities receive the radiated energy two fold: first directly from the moon and also from light reflecting off of nearby water. Furthermore, it is reported that in areas where fantasies are numerous and focused, there have been occasions when a collective fantasy is physically actualized.

The Opertus Lunula Umbra, discovered in Liverpool, U.K. in 2008, was first observed by a child who was looking at the reflected moon on the water at Albert Dock.

About U-Ram Choe

Inspired by the grandeur of the physical realm, from celestial bodies to earthly organisms, U-ram Choe’s complex kinetic sculptures combine delicate, otherworldly beauty with machines, motors, and steel. Choe’s shiny biomorphic forms flutter, glow, and breathe inside their metallic bodies, appearing both familiar and entirely alien. His 2010 exhibition entitled “Kalpa” featured the artist’s realization of an awe-inspiring night sky, a cosmos made out of lights, reflective surfaces, and glimmering jewel-like resin shapes suspended in a darkened gallery space.

Korean, b. 1970, based in Seoul, Korea