Hollington & Kyprianou - Goodbye Vile Earth!

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 RAEs 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 1960s 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.

Free ARC gallery talk Sun 16 Mar 3pm
Launch Event: Sat 2 Feb 2 - 4pm

With the generous support of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, South Hill Park, SCAN, Space Media and Distributed South.
Hollington & Kyprianou  - Goodbye Vile Earth!


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