Simon Faithful, Escape Vehicle No.6, 2004 (video still). Image courtesy of and © the artist

Simon Faithfull
Escape vehicle no. 6

2006

Escape vehicle no. 6 was originally commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and created for The artists Airshow at Farnborough Airfield in September 2004. Now presented as a video projection, Escape vehicle no.6 records the journey of a domestic chair as it travels from the ground to the edge of space (30km up).

Dangling from space beneath an unseen weather balloon, the footage shows the chair first rush away from the fields and roads, ascend through the clouds and finally (against the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space) begin to disintegrate. The chair’s journey was recorded using a small video camera that relayed the images to a live audience below. The chilling nature of the film is that the empty chair invites the audience to imaging taking a journey to an uninhabitable realm where it is impossible to breath, the temperature is 60 degrees below zero and the sky resembles the blackness of space.

Escape vehicle no. 6 is a half hour video projection that screened every half hour throughout the festival.

Simon Faithfull