"What Colour the Moon Should Be?", another article published by Art & Education, a joint venture between Artforum and E-flux, in the framework of MA POST at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga, conceived by Corina L. Apostol and Kristaps Ancāns, in collaboration with students Madara Gruntmane, Alise Putniņa, Anna Malicka, Dzelde Mierkalne, Marta Viktorija Agruma, Krišjānis Elviks, Kintija Avena, Agate Tūna and tutors Kaspars Groševs, Armands Zelčs, Artis Ostups. The article-classroom focuses on a seminar-simulation in which an artist is commissioned to change the color of the moon. Next, Apostol and Ancāns came up with a series of questions accompanied by videos and short texts that give insights into the importance of the issues raised by the commission and how these questions frame our perspectives of artmaking.
A multitude of theoretical, practical, ethical, moral, economic, cultural, and political issues emerged from what may seem like a simple question about what color the moon really is or if it is just one color. During a trip to the Meteorite Museum in Riga, POST students and tutors were able to hold a piece of the Moon in their own hands and observe its gray surface closely. However, during our seminar discussions, we discovered there were different interpretations of the moon's color, as our perception of it is mediated by atmospheric effects, geographical location, cultural beliefs, childhood influences and more.