Matthew Broadhead : Heimr

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White Moose are working with Matthew Broadhead to develop this project into his first solo exhibition. An interaction with geology, astronomy and photography as critical subjects has evolved to encompass history, mythology, religion and technology in Iceland. The story of Heimr started in 2016, between the fiftieth anniversaries of scientific fieldtrips organized by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Groups of U.S. astronauts and personnel from both government agencies arrived in Iceland in 1965 and 1967 as NASA considered Iceland to be “probably the most moon-like of the field areas”.

Professors Sigurður Þórarinsson and Guðmundur Sigvaldason were experts in Icelandic geology who provided guidance during both field explorations in key locations including Askja caldera, Lake Myvatn and Reykjanes Peninsula. To prepare for the prospect of landing on the moon, analogue terrestrial sites were identified and the ‘Moon Game’ was practiced as an assessment to determine if each astronaut could successfully deploy experiments in desolate settings and collect samples the way they expected to on the moon. ‘Space analogue’ is a technical term used by NASA to describe places on Earth with assumed past or present geological, environmental or biological conditions of celestial bodies including the moon and Mars.