This Is How We Walk on the Moon
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Genre: Classical, Non-Music, Stage & Screen
Label: Apparent Extent
This is the second album of the Swedish artist Johanna Billing on apparent extent featuring the original soundtrack to the film first screened at documenta 12. A group of young people climbs on board to learn how to set sail and navigate a small ship. Arthur Russell's song "This Is How We Walk on the Moon" is the reference in the short movies title and its music. Russell is the now iconic celloplaying composer and music producer, who spaced out between New Yorks avantgarde at "The Kitchen" and disco underground.
Johanna Billing about title and song: "This song has stayed with me for a number of years and I’ve always been very fascinated by the sentence: This Is How We Walk On The Moon. That such a small word, “this”, can contain so much – it seems to me as if he’s trying to describe “this is what we in particular do today, in this particular ‘now’.” History has described walking on the moon as man’s – or rather mankind’s – great step or leap. Today, forty years later, it’s interesting to think about what now constitutes a great step, or a step into new or unknown territory. And to consider the relationship between what is regarded as being a great step for people at the individual level and for the society we live in."
The record comes with a postersize interview between Johanna Billing and Jacob Fabricius director of Malmö Konsthall. Poster and sleeve designed by Åbäke.
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