MyMoon is an artwork by Serkan Ozkaya.
It is a large round rock floating in the sky, that is visible through the smart phone via MyMoon app.
Using the smart phone's GPS and compass, MyMoon app detects the object in the sky and makes it visible.
MyMoon rotates in close proximity to the moon in the sky. Yet unlike the earth's satellite It is visible outdoors and indoors.
The app directs you with an arrow towards MyMoon and once you find it you have the opportunity to take a snapshot with the snapshot and share button in the lower right corner. These pictures collect in MyMoon's website (mymoonapp.com) building a large pool of images and a very large art show.
Participate in this art project by using MyMoon app and imagine a parallel universe whilst looking in the sky in a new way.
MyMoon is your moon!
“What strikes me about a language is that new meanings are always coming up to be made. I’m particularly struck by the words application and attachment; to apply means to pay attention and to be assiduous, and an attachment could be physical or emotional or both. Ozkaya’s application, his app, includes his attachment to the moon! And through MyMoon one can position oneself in the world.”
Lynne Tillman, writer
“Before Ozkaya decided to endlessly replicate the moon in a digital application the moon had already been duplicated in astrologically and cosmological images from antiquity to the middle ages and then to the Renaissance.
This is the gay science of cosmology.
We can now pose inside or beside the moon and we can make or create new friends even if we never had any friends, including our friendly planets in the larger universe which now tell us that dancing or posing with the stars is not only a futile televisual opportunity. MyMoon is a reminder that as a 19th century architect Gottfried Semper used to say: “We may never understand or decipher the world but we can make a small model out of it.” That alone should satisfy our little cosmogonic instincts.”
Spyros Papapetros, art historian Princeton University
When you think of an app what you essentially look at is a metaphor. When you touch an app you’re activating a metaphor that is a code and its collision with culture. Experiencing MyMoon is not a passive relationship with usual art work, like staring at a sculpture.
“We come to the place, when something is real and representational at the same time and that is what characterizes and conceptualizes Ozkaya’s work. A contradictory intersection where MyMoon virtually appears and he asks the question of what is authenticity. There is no demarcation between public and private.”
Alice Gray Stites, curator 21c Museum
“MyMoon is an art work that embodies themes from the classical to the contemporary. Ozkaya has managed to create a unified artwork through repetition of common themes — such as love and mystery — and through cohesive use of imagery. Shining throughout the artwork, however, the moon is always the primary vehicle of unity. In her inconstancy, the moon is an apt figure of the ever-changing, varied modes of love represented in the artwork. As an image, the moon lights the way for all other aspects of the work.”
Robert Fitterman, poet
“Once MyMoon appeared on my phone it was really a striking moment, because the moon that appears and sticks in there inhabits your personal space. Experiencing is the way to understand how hypnotic it is and it augments one’s perceptual space in an elusive yet very interesting way.
MyMoon is a work of mimesis, mimicry, imitation, representation but also perceptual augmentation.”
Guven Guzeldere, philosopher Harvard University
Watch the panel discussion which took place at Postmasters Gallery on May 12, 2015: vimeo.com/129223661
Writer Lynne Tillman
poet Robert Fitterman
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Princeton University architecture historian Spyros Papapetros
Harvard University Departments of Philosophy and Psychology Professor at The Mind Brain Behavior Program Guven Guzeldere