Cosmic Colliery / Glofa'r Gofod

‘Cosmic Colliery’ [welsh translation - Glofa'r Gofod] involved working with ex-mining communities in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales, to speculate on the possibility of their local, abandoned Penallta Colliery becoming an underwater astronaut training centre. Through a combination of performance-based activities and interviews, I worked with people and communities surrounding the colliery and through a short film, documented 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.

A year after this project had happened, a radio documentary was produced by Hannah Loy for BBC Wales - It features interviews with the people that were part of the project.

BBC Radio Documentary -  Wales in Space. 2017.

Cosmic Colliery documentary film. 27 minutes, 55 seconds.

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.

Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.  

Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.

 

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

Acknowledgments

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