In Event of Moon Disaster

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

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

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