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.
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
Big Pit National Coal Museum
British Geological Survey
CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation)
Goldsmiths, University of London
La Bamba Barbershop at the Beach
Sony UK Technology Centre
Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau
Ystrad Mynach Male Voice Choir
Ystrad Mynach Boys & Girls Club
Tuur Van Balen
Lara Garcia Reyne