Sue Corke (London, UK) and Hagen Betzwieser (Stuttgart, Germany) met by chance in 2008 at a bus stop whilst conducting artistic field work in Norway. 

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Working since 2009 as WE COLONISED THE MOON their graphic art and installation projects have embodied a range of DIY production techniques within a partnership rooted in absurdism, characterized by slogans and catchphrases.

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Sue Corke is a visual artist with an interest in the theatre of illustration.

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Hagen Betzwieser‘s artistic practice as The Institute of General Theory 

is exploring the gaps and connections between art and science to create 

New New Media.

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Together they seek to demonstrate that the future may indeed be frightening, but also highly entertaining. 

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Previous projects have included creating solutions for space waste by disguising satellites as asteroids; building a solar powered solarium because ‘the sun dies anyway’ and synthesizing the smell of the moon.

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Different planets. Same concept.

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EXHIBITIONS

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2018    Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, »LIFE AT THE EDGES«

2017    European Centre for the Arts, Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, »Springhouse«

2017    VU Amsterdam, Neatherlands, »Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed«

2016    Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal, Germany, »Olfactismus«

2015    BresseLITTLE Gallery, London, UK, »dark frame / deep field«

2015    Digital Shoreditch Festival, super/collider, London, UK

2015    ALTANA Galerie, Dresden, Germany, »Bildtaktik«

2015    Castle De Lovie, Poperinge, Belgium, »The Smell of War«

2015    ACME Project Space, London, UK

2014    Museum of Post Digital Culture, Switzerland

2014    The Arts Catalyst, London, UK, »20th.Anniversary«

2014    LISTE – Art Fair, H3K, House of Electronic Arts Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2014    The Arts Catalyst, Southbank, Bargehouse, London, UK, »Republic of the Moon«

2013    Microwave Festival, Hong Kong

2013    Shiny Toys, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

2013    Print Fusion, Gallery TEN Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, UK

2013    Royal Naval College Greenwich, Thames Barrier Print Studio, »Freedom of the Press«

2013    Association of American Geographers, »Curating the Cosmos«

2012    Berloni Gallery, London, UK, »Authentic Goods from a Realistic Future«

2012    Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany, »Space Adventures #1«

2012    Milan Designweek, Milan, Italy, »Hacked Lab at La Rinascente«

2011    FACT Liverpool, UK, »Republic of the Moon«

2011    ACME Project Space, London, UK

2011    Crunch, EB&Flow Gallery, UK

2011    Preview Berlin, EB&Flow Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2011    Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany, Stuttgart, »How Are You Doing?«

2010    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2009    OHPen Surface, Malmö, Sweden

2009    ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany

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TALKS

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2019    ISU, International Space University, Strasbourg, France

2018    Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany

2018    ISU, International Space University, Strasbourg, France

2017    MOON VILLAGE WORKSHOP, ISU,InternationalSpace University, Strasbourg

2017    Springhouse, European Centre for the Arts, Hellerau, Dresden, Germany

2017    SPACE UP, ISU,InternationalSpace University, Strasbourg, France

2017    Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed, VU Amsterdam, NL

2016    ISU, InternationalSpace University, Strasbourg, France

2016    Olfactismus, Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal, Germany

2016    ISU,InternationalSpace University, Strasbourg, France

2015    Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2015    Bildtaktik, TU Dresden, Germany

2015    ZürcherHochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland

2014    FAST, Revolving Stars and Shaky Grounds,Dresden, Germany

2013    Microwave Festival, Hong Kong

2013    The Firestation Artist's Studios, Dublin, Ireland

2012    Kosmica Mexico, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

2012    Halle14, Spinnerei, Leipzig

2012    W+K Agency, London

2012    BBC, Stargazing, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchster, UK

2012    Kosmica Liverpool, FACT, Liverpool, UK

2011    BBC, Material World, radio interview

2011    The Gopher Hole, London, UK

2011    Kosmica 6, The Arts Catalyst, London, UK

2011    ACME Project Space, London, UK

2011    Kosmica 2, The Arts Catalyst, London, UK

2009    iRes, University College Falmouth, UK

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WORKSHOPS / TEACHING

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2015    Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany, »Vokabular der Unsichtbarkeit«

2015    ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste > Excursion Museum Rietberg

2013    Microwave Festival, Hong Kong, »WCTM Experience«

2012    Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London, UK, »IKEA Fieldtrip«

2012    Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, »THE END IS NEAR«

2012    FACT, Liverpool, »UK, CRASH«

2011    ACME Project Space, London, UK, »micro symposium #1«

2011    ACME Project Space, London, UK, »Super Sundays«

2009    iRes, University College Falmouth, UK

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RESIDENCIES / AWARDS

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2015    Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, »ABC Art-Buisness-Coaching«

2014    The Arts Catalyst, London, UK, »Institutional Residency«

2013    The Firestation Artist's Studios, Dublin, Ireland

2013    Stephen Cripps Scultpure Award, Shortlisted 

2012    Ars Electronica, Interactive Arts, Nominated

2011    ACME Project Space, London, UK

2009    iRes, University College Falmouth, UK

2009    ACC Gallerie, Weimar, Germany

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RECOMENDET ARTICLES

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Schloss Post – Interview WCTM

WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART – Interview WCTM

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PRESS

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Trinity News, IR, "Life clings on at the Scinece Gallery"

Mediamatic, "A must smell exhibition"

SRF, Swiss Radio & TV:"Auf Shoppingtour im Supermarkt für junge Kunst"

ARTnewsScience Fiction: Sci-Fi Gets Real

we make money not art - A.I.L - Artists in Laboratories, episode 51

HuffingtonpostArtists create their own earth-based- embassy to the moon

This is TomorrowRepublic of the Moon

New ScientistThere's a moon for us all at the lunar art show

The Independent, Space sensory immersion

Studio InternationalRepublic of the Moon

Wildcultur, The Bewildering Beauty of the Moon at Night

Wall Street International, Republic of the Moon

Time Out London Lunatic artists:Republic of the Moon

TVB Pearl News, Hong Kong: Microwave Festival

DAZED, dA-Zed Guide to Outer Space

we make money not art: Inteview

New Scientist: Low-tech Moon Landings

The Guardian, Exhibitons

BBC Stargazing Live Back to Earth, Episode 1

BBC NewsIn pictures: Republic of the Moon

BBC Material World

The Double Negative

Art Monthly, Republic of the Moon, FACT

artplayer.tv, Republic of the Moon, FACT

WIREDRepublic of the Moon exhibition explores lunar living

The Fox is Black, Space Suit of the Week

Boing Boing, Moon Scratch and Sniff

Hufington PostWhat does the moon smell like?

dailymail,One small sniff for man

The Metro, New scratch ‘n‘ sniff artwork created smells like the Moon

foxny, Artists create Moon 'Scratch and Sniff'

Stuff.co.nzScent of the Moon revealed

ARTnews, Scent & Sensibility

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If you want to contact us, please drop us an email at

info(at)wecolonisedthemoon(dot)com

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Represented by Berloni Gallery, London, 2010 – 2015

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The copyright for any material (besides other listed sources) published on this website are reserved.

Any duplication or use of objects such as images, videos and texts is not permitted without Betzwieser's or Corke's written agreement.