Unlimited’s artistic director Jon Spooner has always wanted to go to space.
“Ever since I was 7 years old and watched NASA launch its first Space Shuttle mission and I saw how beautiful the Earth looked from all the way above it, up there looking down… since then, it has been my dream to go there too.”
How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the
frankly, bizarre inspirational story of a 43 year old man’s midlife crisis creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in England, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
How I Hacked My Way Into Space is a show about technology and art coming together, the power of stories to create new realities and the thin lines between obsession and madness. It’s about the glorious possibilities for scientists and artists to work together and how even the smallest person can make a difference and achieve their seemingly impossible dreams.
Great North Museum, Great Exhibition of the North, 7-8 July | Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s from 6pm | Sun: show at 1pm, talks at 11am & 3pm
Latitude Festival, Suffolk 12-15 July | Thurs: show at 7.30pm | Fri & Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s from 6pm
Bluedot, Jodrell Bank 20-22 July | Fri: talk at 4pm, DJ’s 8-9.30pm | Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s 8-9.30pm | Sun: show at 1pm, talks at 11am & 3pm
Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons Friday 17 August 1215pm in the Omni Tent in Einstein’s Garden
As well as the show, Jon also hosts conversations and interviews with space scientists in the Space Shed (think Graham Norton meets the Broom Cupboard. In Space). And for 2018 we’ve enhanced the Space Shed’s sound system so we can host DJ’s to take your space based festival experience bouncing late into the night. Look out for sets by our in-house DJ Rob Appleby and from guest DJs… to be announced.
For booking enquires please contact Flight Activities Officer Alison McIntyre
Jon shared his genuine joy of space exploration, and told his delightful story to an enthralled audience.
- Audience member at Latitude Festival
A brilliantly funny, real life tale of one man’s quest to achieve the seemingly impossible... captivated both children and adults.
It was amazing, brilliantly educational. It brought a tear to my eye.
- Mum with four children
News for this show
Happy New 2018, Unlimited Family! It's already stacking up to be a busy one - here's what we've got planned for you...
FUTURE BODIES - new show
The big news is that we're making a new show with our friends Rash Dash in a co-production with HOME in Manchester, provisionally titled Future Bodies. We've been researching and developing it through 2017 in collaboration with leading scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, cognitive enhancing drugs, artificial intelligence, advanced prosthetics and other biotechnologies. We're been thinking about what it means ...
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