GHOST ROCKETS is a series of rocket launch spectacles occurring at sites around the world tracing the history of ballistics. Adapting the form of a rock’n roll world tour, each site is paired with a pop song, which often becomes the performance’s title and inspires a choreographed spectacle involving amplified sound on location, smoke grenades, lighting effects, and the rocket launch. The Launches are sometimes presented as a publically accessible spectacle but when at remote or high-risk security locations, a guerrilla interventionist strategy is enforced. `Each launch results in artifacts called satellite objects, ranging from scorched launch pads and ignition Zippos to crystals and silkscreened rock’n roll posters.
Palais de Tokyo presents two Ghost Rocket Launches: Purple Haze (B-side) and Blackbird (Rocket Mysticism)
LAUNCH TOUR SCHEDULE:
Dark Side of the Moon (A Spectral Explosion in the Key of Imipolex G) | Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA | June 7, 2009
Blackbird (Rocket Mysticism) | NSA Spy Station, Teufelsberg, Berlin, Germany | with Haseeb Ahmed | August 10+21, 2009
Rocketman | NAZI V-2 Lab, Peenemünde, Usedome Island, Baltic Sea, Germany | with Mai Hofstad Gunnes | August 11, 2009
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds | Waterpod, NYC, New York, USA | with Will Cotton + EV Day | August 16, 2009
Telstar | NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, California, USA | October 3, 2009
Space Oddity | Mojave Desert, Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA | October 3, 2009
Paranoid | HAARP US Air Force Ionospheric Research Observatory, Alaska, USA | October 9. 2009.
Purple Haze (A-side) | BAR-3 DEW Line Radar Station, Arctic Ocean, Canada | with Lance Blomgren | December 31, 2009.
Purple Haze (B-side) | BAR-3 DEW Line Radar Station, Arctic Ocean, Canada | January 30, 2010