In Event of Moon Disaster

  • Francesca Panetta, Halsey Burgund
  • United States
  • 2019
  • 6 min
  • Immersive, Installation
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

In July 1969, much of the world celebrated the “giant leap for mankind” that the successful moon landing constituted. Fifty years later, nothing is quite so straightforward. In Event of Moon Disaster illustrates the possibilities of deepfake technologies by reimagining this seminal event.

What if the Apollo 11 mission had gone wrong and the astronauts had not been able to return home? A contingency speech for this possibility was prepared, but never delivered by President Nixon – until now. The immersive installation invites you into this alternative history and asks us all to consider how new technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate the truth around us. 


  • 6 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Francesca Panetta, Halsey Burgund
Professor D. Fox Harrell, Director of the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality
Key collaborator
Pakinam Amer, JJ Otto, Vanessa Vera, Lewis D. Wheeler, Betsy Willett
Jeff DelViscio, Magnus Bjerg
Francesca Panetta, Jeff DelViscio

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World Premiere
DocLab Domesticating Reality
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab Program

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