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Cosmic Colliery

Project engaging ex-mining communities in the Rhymney Valley with the possibility of the local abandoned Penallta Colliery becoming an underwater astronaut training centre.

Cosmic Colliery / Glofa'r Gofod

‘Cosmic Colliery’ [welsh translation - Glofa'r Gofod] engaged ex-mining communities in the Rhymney Valley with the possibility of the local abandoned Penallta Colliery becoming an underwater astronaut training centre. Through a combination of performance based interventions and in-depth ethnographic research, I engaged with communities surrounding the colliery and worked with filmmaker Liboni Munnings to document the aspirations and tensions that had arisen in the pursuit of an astronaut training centre.

This work was produced during the Design Museum's Designer's in Residence programme in 2015.


Cosmic Colliery documentary film. 27 minutes, 55 seconds.

Extracts from the Cosmic Colliery Documentary film.  

Extracts from the Cosmic Colliery Documentary film.

 


Paul Langford, property developer and ex-acid house dj performing in Penallta Colliery. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.

Paul Langford, property developer and ex-acid house dj performing in Penallta Colliery. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.

Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.  

Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.

 


Zero Gravity haircut by Kristian Reed at La Bamba Barbershop at the Beach. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.

Zero Gravity haircut by Kristian Reed at La Bamba Barbershop at the Beach. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.


Underwater Russian scuba hand signal lesson. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.

Underwater Russian scuba hand signal lesson. Photograph by Liboni Munnings.

Underwater Russian scuba hand signal lesson.

Underwater Russian scuba hand signal lesson.


Documentary film

Credits
Director / Hefin Jones
Filmmaker / Liboni Munnings
Editor / Lara Garcia Reyne
Colourist / Ian Pinder
Sound Editor / Dion Thorpe
Location Sound / Sam Jones
Sound Composition / Tom Morgan
Second Camera /Thomas Davies
Supporting Camera / Alice Masters

Acknowledgements

Big Pit National Coal Museum
British Geological Survey
CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation)
Dragon Divers
Goldsmiths, University of London
Gorilla Audio
Kraken Productions
La Bamba Barbershop at the Beach
Sony UK Technology Centre
Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau
Ystrad Mynach Male Voice Choir
Ystrad Mynach Boys & Girls Club

Special Thanks
Alaa Alsaraji
Tuur Van Balen
Thomas Davies
Lisa Jones
Gary Morris
Sam Jones
Roma Levin
Tom Morgan
Liboni Munnings
Lara Garcia Reyne
Katinka Schaaf
Dion Thorpe