How To Strand Astronauts on the Moon

Halsey Burgund (US), Francesca Panetta (UK)

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The narrative of In Event of Moon Disaster is a journey; a journey filled with the technical and emotional triumphs of individuals and a nation that ultimately comes to a tragic end on the lunar surface. Using an analogous voyage through highs and lows, we plan to use our personal journey of creating In Event of Moon Disaster to dive into the dual nature of AI-enhanced synthetic media: on the one hand, an incredibly powerful creative and educational tool and, on the other hand, potentially the most effective purveyor of disinformation society has ever seen. We will tap into both the technologists who helped us create our deepfake as well as experts in AI, law and disinformation to contextualize and broaden the view. We hope to experiment with using synthetic media techniques to enhance the video to engage our audience and directly demonstrate some of the power of these new technologies.

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Francesca Panetta is an immersive artist and journalist using emerging technologies to innovate new forms of storytelling that have social impact. She led immersive innovation at The Guardian for 10 years, including running their in-house VR production studio.

Halsey Burgund is an artist and technologist focused on the combination of modern technologies—from mobile phones to artificial intelligence—with fundamentally human “technologies”, primarily language, music and the spoken voice.


These video commissions are presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.