Lunar Excursion Module (2009)

A slice of a wheel of Jarlsberg cheese casts the shadow of the moon in the mind's eye of this robot, the robot's own searching journey rendered by those of tiny moonboots made for children. The robot believes it is on another celestial body searching for extraterrestrial life, in essence living the grandest dream that robots know, but its camera-eye only sees--and knows how to see--the fishes in the tanks on the mezzanine above and the faces of the people who have thronged to watch it play out its self-deceiving fantasy.

Assistants: Alastair Firth and Kevin Kassing

Thanks to: Dennis Bateman and Kim Amey

Commissioned by the Carnegie Science Center for their permanent exhibition, Roboworld.