Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke artists in residence in Republic of the Moon, London 2014

Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser met by chance in 2008 conducting artistic field work at a bus stop in Norway. Working for the last four years as WE COLONISED THE MOON their graphic art and installation projects have embodied a child-like wonder of the universe. Employing a range of DIY production techniques their partnership is rooted in absurdism and theatrical performance, characterised by slogans and catchphrases.  Together they seek to demonstrate that the future may indeed be frightening, but also highly entertaining.

Previous projects have included creating solutions for space waste elimination by disguising satellites as asteroids; building a solar powered solarium because ‘the sun dies anyway’ and synthesising the smell of the moon.  They presented a new commission, Enter At Own Risk and Crash - moonlanding workshops for young poeple for Republic of the Moon, Liverpool and have been involved in several Kosmica events at Arts Catalyst.

As artists in residence throughout Republic of the Moon, the residency will evolve in the space and includes a series of participatory events about religious, political and economic approaches to colonising the moon.


Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council.