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.
In their talk, Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund give insight into the making of «In Event of Moon Disaster» as well as the implications of synthetic media in today’s misinformation-laden media landscape. Richard Nixon's contingency speech was prepared at the time in case the Apollo 11 mission went wrong, but of course, it was never delivered. Now it can be experienced as alternative history and it demonstrates how new technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate the truth around us.
Francesca Panetta is a Creative Director MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality. She was executive editor of virtual reality at The Guardian. A multi-award-winning digital artist and journalist, she lead immersive innovation at the Guardian for the last 10 years including running the Guardian’s in house virtual reality production studio.
Halsey Burgund is an artist and technologist focussed primarily on contributory audio augmented reality installations and using spoken voices in musical settings. He is the developer of Roundware, the open source contributory audio AR platform, which has been used to create his own installations as well as projects for cultural organizations internationally.