May on the Moon

An icon of photographic history remains of the Nasa Apollo missions: Standing in the bright sun light in front of a lunatic landscape an astronaut is touching the american flag. The photo is taken slightly from underneath the eyes to make him appear even more heroic.

But there exists another memory of the events. Free to explore there are hundreds of videos at the NASA servers showing astronauts at profane duties, almost from everyday live. Those show wonderful accidents full of humor and stupidity, captured in very bad technical quality, make the same astronauts appear as tourists and funsters.

The work is related to the – even today ongoing – doubt about the authenticity
of the moon landing.

HD, 16:9, 5:52 min


Thadeusz Tischbein

Original footage
NASA Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (Open Source Material)
Digitalisisation: Ken Glover, Mick Hyde, Peter Dayton, Kipp Teague and Gordon Roxburgh

Additional material

Thomas Taube

Paper objects, actor
Thadeusz Tischbein



PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL – Festival Screening. London/UK (Nominated for Golden Trellick Award – shortlist)

AFO Academia Film Olomouc – Festival Screening. Olomouc/Czech Republic

BACKUP FESTIVAL – Festival Screening. Weimar/Germany

EMAF European Media Arts Festival – Festival Screening. Osnabrück/Germany (first version of video)

THE SUPERSHOW – Group exhibition, curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig/Germany
NIGHTSHIFT – Group presentation of workshop held by Bjørn Melhus. Kulturbahnhof, Kassel/Germany
NIGHTSHIFT – Group presentation of workshop held by Bjørn Melhus. HGB Galery, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig/Germany