16mm animation with a space station, lunar magic and ice formations. Special thanks Chris Sullivan, Lisa Barcy. Made at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001.
Mercury Moon investigates the tension between regimented order and organic growth. Using certain tropes of science fiction such as a space station, alien landscapes, and a futuristic city, Mercury Moon presents the viewer with a desolate yet quirky place of fantasy. In this world, glittering plants grow from lunar energy and cities are reconstructed from ice formations. Addressing concepts of destruction and growth with balls of cotton and plastics, Mercury Moon mirrors patterns found within factories and mechanical society. By depicting these patterns using whimsical spaces and objects, the humor, poetry and inevitable humanism radiates throughout these technological spaces.
The title from the film was inspired by the album "Marquie Moon" by the band, Television from the 70's. Also in the 70's there was thought to be a Mercury moon but this was then later discovered to have only been a star, adding to the elusiveness of the name of the film- a place that exists but doesn't.