PHOTOS: ISTVAN VIRAG (C) PUNKT Ø / MOMENTUM 9
The Moss meteorite
(impact 10:20 a.m., July 14, 2006)
An object from outer space is probably the most alien thing that we humans can experience and when the curatorial team of Momentum 9 discovered that a meteorite had fallen on the area of Moss we immediately knew we had to include it in the biennial. Thanks to the goodwill of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, we were able to borrow one of the meteorite pieces from the fall and bring it back “home”. The meteorite belongs to the rare class of Carbonaceous chondrites (only 5% of all meteorite falls), but the piece on display is furthermore interesting because it also features melted isolation material from the roof that it feel through. In other words, it embodies a concrete encounter between the man-made and the extra-terrestrial. Despite its relatively small size the Moss meteorite is presented in a room of its own to accentuate its precious richness as an object of contemplation on the vast Cosmos that surrounds us; the crew on a spaceship called Earth.