On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth

Crystal Z Campbell

2013 | 00:10:01 | United States | Stereo | 4:3 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: African-American, History, Music, Technology

On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth is a short film that remixes archival material from a prominent mainstream newspaper printed during the New York City Blackout in July 1977. The 1977 New York City Blackout is cited as the official birth of hip-hop, wherein looters took equipment that allowed them to formalize and professionalize hip-hop. Titled after a quote by an astronomer looking back at the Earth during the Apollo space mission, this kaleidoscopic film hints at a cultural moment of rupture and reinvention that transcends resilience.

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Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions + Festivals

Semana de Cinema Negro, Belo Horizonte, BR 2023 

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NY, NY 2022 

History is His Story, Nest, exhibition design by Studio LA, Den Haag, Netherlands 2019 

Light Work (Urban Video Project), Light Work, Syracuse, NY 2018 

Beat, Bronx Art Space, curated by Stephanie A. Lindquist, Bronx, NY 2017 (installation) 

Dark Star, Basilica Hudson, curated by Becca Mann, Hudson, NY 2013 

Glitter + Folds, curated by Jennifer Burris, Institute of Contemporary Art(ICA), Philadelphia, PA 2013