Joseph Popper

The One-Way Ticket

Today we find our frontiers for manned exploration and adventure into the unknown on the brink of exhaustion. Out of this predicament, The One-Way Ticket proposes to send one person on a voyage into deep space from where they will not return. The notion of not coming back opens up an exceptional scenario, so far unprecedented in the history of human space travel.

Focusing on the experience of the lone astronaut, the exhibited works are a response to research into a range of human factors particular to the mission that also underline its extraordinary nature. Running parallel with this research was a production of film-making props, contraptions and sets, with the aim of presenting the scenario as a cinematic spectacle.

The final short film comprises a collection of episodes transmitted from the spacecraft. Based along the path of the mission trajectory, the images simulate the experience of being in space and also infer some of the unique psychological phenomena that could occur on a one-way trip.

Special thanks
Team Aphelion
Christina Eberhart
Gareth Owen Lloyd
Sarah Jury
Tim Olden
Myles Painter
Michael Popper
Jasmine Popper
Regina Peldzus
Noam Toran
Christine Vogue
The Pigeon Wing

Website
josephpopper.com

programme information projects
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