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Transforming Bargehouse into a ‘Republic of the Moon’

Republic of the Moon

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH, UK

10 January – 2 February 2014 (Press preview and opening party 9 January)

It's nearly four decades since humans walked on the Moon, but it now seems likely that we will return there in this century – whether to mine for its minerals, as a ‘stepping stone’ to Mars, or simply to do scientific research. In a provocative pre-emptive action, a group of artists are declaring a Republic of the Moon here on Earth, to re-examine our relationship with our planet’s only natural satellite.

After two decades working with space dreamers from the European Space Agency to anarchist autonomous astronauts, The Arts Catalyst will transform Bargehouse into an Earth-based embassy for a ‘Republic of the Moon’, filled with artists’ fantastical imaginings, 10 January–2 February 2014. Presenting international artists including Liliane Lijn, Leonid Tishkov, Katie Paterson, Agnes Meyer Brandis, and WE COLONISED THE MOON, the exhibition combines personal encounters, DIY space plans, imaginary expeditions and new myths for the next space age. 

We will animate the Bargehouse exhibition with performances, workshops, music, talks, a Pop Rock Moon Shop designed by Super/Collider and playful protests against lunar exploitation.  A manifesto declaring the Moon a temporary autonomous zone, with responses from artists and scientists to novelist Tony White’s call to “occupy the Moon!” will be published in print and e-Book formats to coincide with the exhibition.

Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst with FACT. It was first presented Liverpool. It has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: http://www.coinstreet.org

moon goose and astronaught created by artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Moon Goose Analogue

SEFT1 intrigues passers-by in Liverpool

Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices Festival
SEFT1 arrives in Liverpool

Watch Fracking Futures

Missed HeHe's Fracking Futures at FACT this summer?

HeHe, Fracking Futures, FACT 2013

Meteorites, whisters and speculative architecture

British Council Voices - continues its series of interviews about the Ice Lab exhibition with an interview with curator, Sandra Ross

Ice Lab Princess Elisabeth.copyright/ René Robert - International Polar Foundation

Mexican season

Kosmica Mexico, Los Ferronautas' SEFT-1, Rachel Mayeri's Primate Cinema: Apes as Family

Los Ferronautas, SEFT-1 vehicle in Yuhualixqui volcano

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