To the Moon! SoMA Executive Director’s Works Featured in NASA’s Moon Museum

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Asia Pacific College (APC) will be literally taking off to the moon as the School of Multimedia and Arts (SoMA)’s Executive Director Mr. Robert Besana’s artworks will be launching along with NASA’s Artemis program to return to the moon.

The Lunar Codex, a ‘moon museum’ which uses “digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more”, will accompany NASA’s scientific instruments on its trip to the moon from 2022 to 2025.

Surrender (2021) by SoMA Executive Director Robert Besana. Oil on canvas, 56″x96″. 

Some of Mr. Besana’s works that made it to the Lunar Codex include Surrender (2021), Callused Soul 2 (2019), and Scaled (2002). His artworks will be featured along other notable Filipino artists such as Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) and Ramon Orlina.

Callused Soul 2 (2019) by SoMA Executive Director Robert Besana. Oil on canvas, 48″x36″.

Their artworks will be featured in the Nova Collection, where art images will be “laser-etched on a nickel microfiche,” which would essentially immortalize the artworks and serve as a time capsule .

Scaled (2002) by SoMA Executive Director Robert Besana. Graphite and oil on canvas, 48″x48″.

The rest of the artworks that will be featured in the lunar time capsule can be seen online in Gallery G of the Lunar Codex website.