FACT's Freehanders get their hands dirty with glitter explosions and crumpled metal in this project inspired by the Republic of the Moon exhibition. The aim of the project was to create Moon-landing buggies, but with a twist as they would be designed ultimately for disaster...! The crashes were filmed in high speed HD which was exciting because it revealed things that we wouldn't usually see as the footage could be slowed right down with amazing detail.

Freehand worked in collaboration with WE COLONISED THE MOON (Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke) whose moon-scented installation, Enter at Own Risk was part of our exhibition Republic of the Moon.

The aim of the project was to create Moon-landing buggies, but with a twist as they would be designed ultimately for disaster influenced by this quote from the artist duo...

"'The moment of landing is the most precarious. When we send machines into space a crash is what we fear the most. Massive investments of time and resources in technology, hope and ambition, obliterated. But in art failure can be a beautiful concept, the stimulus of new possibilities, an iconic dramatic pivot." WE COLONISED THE MOON

Freehand designed and made the buggies with the ultimate crash shot in mind. They used everything from eggs filled with glitter to Ikea salad bowls! Hagen and Sue even built a special catapult to fling the buggies into oblivion. 

The crashes were filmed in high speed HD which was exciting because it revealed things that we wouldn't usually see as the footage could be slowed right down with amazing detail. 

You can find the end result of the project in the related media section of this page, as well as a behind the scenes documentary created by filmmaker, Tim Brunsden. 

 

 

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