Moon Viewing

Moon Viewing brings cosmological awareness to an abandoned urban fragment, a netherzone that stars as both a film set and as a viewing garden within the city of Philadelphia. Taking inspiration from the metaphysical aesthetics of the Japanese garden, particularly the karesansui, or “dry gardens” of rock and sand associated with Zen Buddhism; Moon Viewing showcases an assembly of gardeners comprised of artists, activists, chefs, musicians and the next generation of humanitarians. Designed to draw us inward, eight short stories follow the lunar phases, casting a spell of moonlight for precious moments of respite from our troubled and troubling world.

  • Nadia Hironaka
  • Matthew Suib
  • Eugene Lew
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Episodic experimental narrative
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Site/Sound: Moon Viewing Platform
    United States
    October 5, 2019
    North America Premiere
Director Biography - Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib, Eugene Lew

Hironaka & Suib have been collaborators since 2008. They are recipients of several honored awards including a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pew Fellowships in the Arts and Fellowships from CFEVA and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Their work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad at venues including, Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), New Media Gallery (Vancouver), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum, PS1/MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arizona State University Art Museum. They have been artists-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Millay Colony for Arts. Matthew Suib is co-founder of Greenhouse Media and Nadia Hironaka serves as a professor and department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hironaka & Suib are represented by Locks Gallery. The couple, along with their daughter and one cat reside in South Philly.

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Director Statement

We’ve worked collaboratively on films, videos, public artworks and immersive installations for over a decade, often extending our collaboration to include other artists, musicians and composers. We embrace research and experimentation, often encompassing historical fact, popular fiction and creative speculation. Working across moving-image culture and mass media idioms, we build counter-mythologies, alternate or parallel realities, and forward-looking visions of the world around us.