[NetBehaviour] 'Goodbye Vile Earth!'

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jan 9 15:16:45 CET 2008

*'Goodbye Vile Earth!' Hollington & Kyprianou at South Hill 
Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA*
*February 2nd - March 16th 2008 *


2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the first manned powered flight in 
Britain, made by former cowboy Samuel Cody over Farnborough Common.  The 
Common became home to the now defunct  Royal Aircraft Establishment, a 
top-secret military complex and what was one of the most important 
aeronautical research centres in the world. 


*Goodbye, Vile Earth!* is the result of a residency at Farnborough Air 
Sciences Trust, set up by ex employees to maintain the RAE's history. 


Contained within the museum and several storage containers are thousands 
of artifacts, films, declassified reports and photographs- many of which 
will be shown in public here for the first time. 


Hollington & Kyprianou use elements from the archive to create a time 
line of the working life and scientific projects of the RAE, combined 
with contemporary interviews exploring the pathology of archiving and 
its communication, in effect creating an archive of the archivists. 
A second timeline, a subjective history of modern art, will run 
alongside, allowing an appraisal of how discoveries and developments in 
both changed our perceptions of, and the actual physical and social 
structures of the world. 


Amongst The RAE projects were the development of the Spitfire, the 
bouncing bomb, ejection seats, the jet engine and Concorde. The RAE was 
also home to the British space programme, which for a time in the 1960's 
was one of the leaders in the field of rocket technology. Intrinsically 
entwined with this industrial history is a rich social and cultural one, 
including the mass mobilization of female workforces, shifting gender 
and class hierarchies, the secrecy and myths surrounding the site, and 
the question of ethics in relation to scientific industrial 
military research. 


*Goodbye Vile Earth! *is a misquote of the Italian Futurist Filippo 
Marinetti, whose love of flight led him to see a future where humanity 
abandons terra forma for a life permanently in the skies. He actually 
wrote "Hoorah! No more contact with the vile earth!" in the Futurist 
manifesto, published in 1909, the year after Cody's first flight on 
Farnborough Common. 


Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou's previous collaborative projects 
have been shown nationally and internationally, including The ICA London 
and the 51st Venice Biennale. 
*Launch Event Saturday 2nd February 2-4pm. *
*Admission Free *


*Gallery open: Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1-9.30pm 
Sunday 1-5pm *
*Free **ARC gallery talk on Sunday 16 March 3pm *

With the generous support of *Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, 
South  Hill Park, SCAN, Space Media and Distributed South*. 

directions to SHP: www.southhillpark.org.uk/aboutUsTravel.jsp 

*artists website: www.electronicsunset.org 

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