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Sascha Pohflepp, Camera Futura, 2012.

Camera Futura (2012)

Before Armstrong and Aldrin finally walked on the Moon in July 1969, many elaborate experiments were developed in order to investigate a future where man would move in microgravity. Pohflepp’s Camera Futura takes inspiration from one such experiment conducted at Stanford University in the mid-1960s by applied mechanics professor Thomas R. Kane.

Like the original setup, the installation consists of a trampoline as a simple anti-gravity device and a camera rig. The energy stored in the trampoline’s springs amplifies the power of our muscles, so that we can briefly launch ourselves, and experience an instant of relative weightlessness when falling back to Earth.

Camera Futura captures images from that instant of nearly zero gravity, and allows for a glimpse of a post-gravity world.