Simon Faithfull: Gravity Sucks

17 Jul 2009 – 20 Sep 2009

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BFI Southbank

London, United Kingdom


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  • Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross.
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Gravity Sucks brings together, for the first time, works representing all of Simon Faithfull?s quixotic attempts to escape the earth?s gravity. Faithfull?s Escape Vehicles document seven experiments using balloons, insects and rockets to offer the viewer the idea of escaping ?G?. The early vehicles are heroic failures ? rocket chairs explode, flies fail to buzz, and things stay on the ground. Alarmingly, as the series progresses the experiments begin to succeed, until Escape Vehicle no.6 follows the journey of a chair as it travels up into the heavens beneath a weather balloon. This melancholic work transports the viewer to an uninhabitable realm where breathing is impossible and the sky resembles the blackness of space.

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