WE COLONISED THE MOON

An astronaut sits in a gallery space with a handheld rubbish picker, surrounded by balls of paper.
WE COLONISED THE MOON, Republic of the Moon, 2011, Enter At Own Risk (Prototypes & Experiments)
WE COLONISED THE MOON Dynamic, Affordable, Apollo-free Residency, Republic of the Moon, London 2014, presented by The Arts Catalyst. Photo:  Alex Delfanne
WE COLONISED THE MOON, Entering Dynamic, Affordable, Apollo-free Residency. Photo: Alex Delfanne
Enter At Own Risk (Prototypes & Experiments), 2011, WE COLONISED THE MOON
WE COLONISED THE MOON Lunar Exploitation Remonstration
Crash, a youth project with WE COLONISED THE MOON as part of Republic of the Moon exhibition, Liverpool
WE COLONISED THE MOON, Live Moon Smelling, at Halle 14, 2012
'WE COLONISED THE MOON' consists of two artists, Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser. The artists combine different talents and interests that converge during collaborative projects. Sue Corke is a visual artist with an interest in the theatre of illustration, whilst Hagen Betzwieser’s art practice explores the gaps and connections between art and science with the aim of creating ‘New New Media’. 'WE COLONISED THE MOON' taps into contemporary unease about the future, whilst also offering an entertaining counterpart. In one project, the artists were able to synthesise the smell of the moon based on reports from the Apollo crew. As it is impossible to smell the moon directly, due to the vacuum in space, the reports are based on the scent inhaled when astronauts returned to their landing modules and the dust of the lunar surface reacted with oxygen and moisture for the first time. This scent has been installed into exhibitions in a variety of forms, and has even been captured in ‘Scratch & Sniff’ postcards. The artists were included in FACT Liverpool’s “Republic of the Moon’ exhibition, and created a workshop to build machines designed to withstand crash landings. The machines were then tested using high speed film to record the impact. 'WE COLONISED THE MOON' are regular contributors to Kosmica, having contributed to Kosmica events in both Liverpool and Mexico. Within these events the artists use their idiosyncratic world view to explore contemporary cultural perceptions of science, focusing specifically on popular science and the reliability of Wikipedia.