Selected stills from The One-Way Ticket | 10 mins 26 secs

The One-Way Ticket

2012

The One-Way Ticket explores the idea of sending one person on a one-way trip to outer space. Not coming back opens up an exceptional scenario, so far unprecedented in the history of human space travel. The project focuses on the experience of a lone astronaut and responds to research into human factors particular to a one-way mission. In parallel with this research ran a production of props, contraptions and sets made for exploring the scenario through film.

The project works are a short film, a space capsule installation and a map of the mission’s path. The film describes a series of episodes transmitted from aboard the traveling spacecraft. The map plots key milestones along the journey that reaches beyond Mars. Based along this path, the film episodes describe the experience of being in space and also some of the unique psychological phenomena that could occur on a one-way trip - such as losing sight of Earth for the last time.

The space capsule film set stands as an artefact of the filmmaking process. Constructed using simple and found materials, it encapsulates the honesty of the project aesthetic: “zero gravity, zero budget”. 

The One-Way Ticket / Space Capsule: Interior detail / Photo: Colin Davidson

The One-Way Ticket / Space Capsule / installed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2013

The One-Way Ticket / Space Capsule / installed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2013

The One-Way Ticket / Mission Trajectory Map: A2 Lithographic print, planet stickers

The One-Way Ticket / Space Capsule / installed at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 2014 / Photo: Colin Davidson

The One-Way Ticket / Space Capsule / installed at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 2014 / Photo: Colin Davidson