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Coordination & Curation

INCANDENCE / THE LUNAR CODEX
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Incandence Corp. manages a portfolio of technology and media assets and provides strategic direction for future-facing companies. A special project of Incandence, the Lunar Codex is an archive of cultural works from across the globe, launched from Earth via NASA Artemis / Commercial Lunar Payload Service program partners.

Driven by a clear cultural focus, the project charges no fees, sells no merchandise, and is curated by a circle of professional gallerists, prize jurors, poets laureate, editors, and publishers. The International Lunar Observatory Association's wide field-of-view camera on the Odysseus lander was named 'Lunar Codex' to spotlight the project.

With 200,000+ artifacts over six time capsules, the Lunar Codex collection now represents over 35,000 contemporary creative artists from 247 countries, territories, and Indigenous nations; including from all 50 US states, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. It is one of the largest and most global cultural heritage projects on Earth.

SAMUEL PERALTA, Ph.D.
Founder & Curator
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Incandence executive chairman Dr. Samuel Peralta's broad cultural experience uniquely qualifies him as overall coordinator for the Lunar Codex. At the same time, his technology background allows him to contribute to key technical aspects of this project, including to full-color RGB encoding and decoding, audio spectrum preservation, radiation shielding, and more.

Samuel has curated exhibits for 33 Contemporary Gallery, artNXTlevel, Artsy.net, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Zhou B Art Center, and is a juror for the International ARC Salon for the Art Renewal Center. He and his wife are lifetime collectors, profiled in Fine Art ConnoisseurPoetsArtists, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, and elsewhere; and are named sponsors of the Yayoi Kusama room at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

As an anthologist, Samuel's most well-known work is the Future Chronicles series; each of its 22+ volumes were bestsellers on Amazon. He was editorial director for Gravity City, and served as juror for a range of literary competitions, from the Scholastic Writing Awards to the India Science Festival. His projects have hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists, and his poetry accorded honors from the Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the League of Canadian Poets, the UK Poetry Society, and the BBC.

Samuel has produced and supported over 120 independent films, including the Golden Globe® nominee The Fencer, and the Emmy® Award winning Real Artists. He is a Grandes Figuras award-winning music composer and lyricist. His own visual art has shown widely, including at the CONTEXT / Art Miami / Art Basel international art fairs.

Samuel is a physics Ph.D. with over 150 publications, including invited papers for the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the Swansea Astronomical Society, and the NATO Advanced Study Institute. Along with a storied career in the nuclear industry, he co-founded POET Technologies (NASDAQ: PTK), Enerev5 (TSXV: ENEV), Cobalt Blockchain, Mintrax, OPEL International, Qvadis Mobile, and OH Solar. His contributions continue at Incandence, on the boards of Noble Mineral (TSXV:NOB), the DSF Group, and as a mentor at the University of Toronto’s ICUBE start-up accelerator. He sits on numerous advisory boards, most recently those of LunARC and the Interstellar Foundation.


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The Lunar Codex is a project of Incandence Corp

All rights in individual works are owned by their respective creators, editors, publishers, or owners.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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We could not have reached out to the tens of thousands of creatives now in the Lunar Codex, nor imagined this incredible journey was possible, without a committed network of friends in the arts and in technology. Curators, anthologists, and editors, engineers, technologists, and dreamers - to each and everyone of you, thank you to the Moon and back.

  • Bruce Ha, scientist, entrepreneur, and the visionary developer of the NanoFiche and Totenpass data storage technologies; our critical logistics, archival, and R&D partner for our Nova, Serenity, Freya, and Polaris missions

  • Didi Menendez, indefatigable curator and editor, the heart of the PoetsArtists community, and publisher at GOSS183

  • Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, curators, collectors, philanthropists, and the soul of The Bennett Prize 

  • For The Polaris Trilogy, inspired lead editor Joyce Brinkman - inaugural Poet Laureate of Indiana and executive director of Brick Street Poetry - assisted by editors professors Dr. Joe Heithaus of DePauw University, and Jessica Reed of Butler University; and Barry Harris, Vice President of Brick Street Poetry and editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal; in collaboration with the Lunar Codex

  • Kara Lysandra Ross, curator, educator, co-chair & chief operating officer of the Art Renewal Center

  • Publisher Eric Rhoads, and editor-in-chief Peter Trippi, of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

  • Danijela Krha Purssey, editor-in-chief and co-founder with Richard Purssey of Beautiful Bizarre magazine

  • Grace Cavalieri, poet, founder and host of the pre-eminent poetry podcast The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress 

  • Beverly Chang, art enthusiast and public relations director for the California Art Club 

  • Mark Lipman, evangelical poet and editor of The Vagabond Lunar Collection, an anthology of poetry and illustrations compiled in collaboration with the Lunar Codex

  • Jessica Libor, curator of the Legends of the Moon exhibit, in collaboration with the Lunar Codex, at the Era Contemporary Gallery

  • Romana Go, collector and peerless arts promoter at The Argo Collection

  • International Lunar Observatory Association executive director Steve Durst and executive committee member Elisa Perednia, and the staff at ILOA and Canadensys Aerospace, for the ILO-X mission

  • Ben Haldeman, evangelist and founder of LifeShip, and our logistics partner for Serenity and Freya

  • Michael Sorkin, photographer, entrepreneur, co-founder of Barrelhand, and my billion-year neighbor on the Odysseus

  • Graeme Stevenson, OAM, artist, documentary filmmaker - and his associates at Colour In Your Life

  • Fellow curators at PoetsArtists, including Sergio Gomez (special shout-out to the 33 Contemporary Gallery), David Anthony Hummer (special shout-out to the Wasau Museum of Contemporary Art), Daniel Maidman, Steven DaLuz, Frank Bernarducci, Dirk Dzimirksy, Alisa El-Bermani, Jay Menendez, Walt Morton, John Seed, and so many more in the 33PA community

  • The editors for The Future Chronicles and the Chronicle Worlds anthology series, Crystal "Pikko" Watanabe, Ellen Campbell, Chris Pourteau, Therin Knite, Alex Roddie, Jeff Seymour, Nolie Wilson, Lucas Bale, Carol Davis; co-editors Anthea Sharp, Nick Webb, and Artie Cabrera; and my personal editors John Joseph Adams, David Gatewood, Naomi Leadbeater, P.K. Tyler, and of course A.K. Peralta 

  • Co-anthologists, Patrice Fitzgerald of Beyond the Stars, Daniel Arthur Smith of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned and Frontiers of Speculative Fiction, P.K. Tyler of UnCommon Anthologies, Kim Wells and P.K. Tyler of Mosaics, Artie Cabrera of Gravity City, Shebat Legion of Klarissa Dreams and Legion Press, John Joseph Adams, editor and publisher of the Hugo award-winning Lightspeed magazine

  • The inspiring scientists and artists of the Interstellar Foundation, and its indefatigable executive director, Nick Searra, who pulls it all together

  • The LunARC community, whose focus on social impact and equity provide a vision of the future to strive for, and to Lakshmi Karan and Topher Wilkins, who help bring order to the chaos 

  • Our logistics and rideshare partners: on Orion - NASA and its partners; on Peregrine - Astrobotic / DHL Moonbox, Writers on the Moon, and Future Grind; on Nova - NanoFiche, ILOA, and GLL Lunagram; on Serenity and Freya - LifeShip, LunARC, ISF, NanoFiche, and Cerabyte; on Polaris - NanoFiche and Astrobotic / DHL MoonBox  

  • For their vision, the scientists, engineers, and staff at NASA, Astrobotic Technology, Intuitive Machines, Firefly Aerospace, AstroForge, SpaceX, the United Launch Alliance, and Blue Origin, makers of the next-generation spacecraft, launch platforms, landers, and rovers for NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Service program and for the Artemis program; those for whom the journey is also the destination

  • My parents, who nourished my love for the arts and for science; and my family who believed in me
  • And Alice, my partner in this life's journey and the next, for whom love lasts in perpetuity, and to whom I first promised the Moon
     

We are grateful to all the artists, sculptors, models, authors, poets, muses, songwriters, musicians, and filmmakers whose works fill and inspire this life. Keep creating your art, keep inspiring the future. Thank you. Salamat. 謝 謝. Merci beaucoup.

 

- Samuel Peralta
  Toronto, Canada, Earth

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Note: Submissions of creative work for the Lunar Codex are no longer accepted. Included works have all been previously curated, and all our allotted payload spaces are full.
 

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