To The Moon - VR Experience

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The Dowse Art Museum

45 Laings Road

Lower Hutt, Wellington 5010

New Zealand

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COVID-19 UPDATE: All To The Moon VR experience bookings cancelled with full refund

As we prepare for Alert Level 2 of the COVID-19 response, in the interests of safety the virtual reality experience in To The Moon: Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang will be removed for the remainder of the exhibition.

The VR experience takes place in a small space with less than two metres between participants and the headsets are reused each session. As this doesn’t meet the latest recommendations for social distancing, we feel taking this precaution is the right thing to do to keep our visitors and staff safe.

When we reopen, you’ll still be able to see Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang’s mesmerising video projections free of charge, with no booking necessary.

To The Moon: Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang, presented in partnership with the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, will be at The Dowse until 6 June 2020.


Fifty years after man first landed on the Moon, art pioneer and icon Laurie Anderson is flying us all there with captivating virtual reality artwork To The Moon. Developed with fellow artist Hsin-Chien Huang, this immersive experience takes you on a cutting-edge voyage of sight, sound and imagination to our nearest cosmic neighbour.

Escapism and future-forward art intersect as the sensation of flight intermingles with the delight of navigating a fantastic alternative lunar landscape as envisaged by Laurie, who was the first artist-in-residence at NASA. Prepare for lift off with an accompanying installation featuring film, images and music.

Conceived as pure artwork, To The Moon takes us closer to the lunar surface than many have ever gone before – and the journey is just as important as the destination. “The moon has a very inspiring, dreamlike existence,” says Laurie. “Secretly, all I want to do is to let people fly.”

To The Moon VR experience commissioned by The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; The National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan; and National Taiwan Normal University. To The Moon A/V experience originally commissioned by The Manchester International Festival.

Presented in Wellington as part of The New Zealand Festival of the Arts

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