Raygun Gothic Rocketship
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The RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP is an immersive rocketship base environment consisting of a tall metal rocket connected via walkway to a taller gantry with a well-defined lighted perimeter. Participants can interactively explore the rocketship’s three interior chambers accessible through the bottom of the rocket and the top of the rocket via the gantry. Aesthetically the project will be done in a rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular between yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was, a critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo & Manga Nouveau.
Pausing at the blast ring you notice the Rocketships’s fluid lines are a little jagged and have seen more than a few repairs. The riveted skin, though clearly well maintained is pitted in spots, its patina scoured with use. The three fins are 16’ tall and they are magnificent, every intricate detail of the scroll work, every strange world, space battle, sucker mark, and alien encounter is there.
You enter the Rocketship via a ladder and find yourself in the ENGINE ROOM. A tactile, subsonic purr embraces you. The Oscillation Overthruster seems strangely familiar, as does the rack of rayguns. You resist the urge to press the shiny red “Self-Destruct” button and climb up the ladder into the BIO LAB & OBSERVATORY. The dioramas contain strange creatures and alien specimens, some are carbon based, some silicon based and you can interact with them all. The meaningful groping of a furry tentacle and an insistent pinging noise motivate you to continue up another ladder into the CONTROL ROOM. The mind delights as it boggles with the profusion of viewing screens, control panels, cranks, gears, dials, steering wheels, levers, the mighty Space-O-Phone, Atomic Toaster, etc.