WCTM finaly on

Woohoo, we made it! When we started WCTM in 2008 we never spent much time on social media. Exhibitions, performances and talks were the main stage for our art. From time to time we put some documentation on our website but most of the time we just did what we did and produced an insane amount of work. So 12 years later is it too late to start posting our adventures? What do you think? Where should we start? What are your favourites you remember? Please let us know, Sue & Hagen. (the real deal, not a chatbot)

WCTM // #wecolonisedthemoon


We are right now in the process of migrating from our old website to our new one. Projects are tracking across one by one week by week. The Future is Coming! Best viewed on iPad Pro. (Terms and Conditions apply...) 


Space EU / »Step into Space«

All shows are postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. :(
Updates soon.

spaceEU is a European-funded project that
fosters a young, creative and inclusive European space community.

ISU, International Space University

Just received the fourth space coin for the wild lecture about the adventures of
WE COLONISED THE MOON at ISU. Even on this sad hangover morning where it
feels like the UK got sucked up into a black hole, WCTM will remain a strong EU

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Honored that WCTM is part of the Space EU engangement programme in the framework of the »Step into Space« exhibition which had its kick-off at Ars Electronica 2019. The show aims to inspire the next generation of space explorers and will now travel to ten more countries in Europe until 2020. Curated by Laua Welzenbach.

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DOMUS india

Beautiful feature article about WCTM in the september issue of DOMUS india,

written by editor in chief Kaiwan Meta. 
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ANOTHER article about our work about

To Boldly Smell What No Man Has Smelled Before
by Clara Muller



The German / French TV station arte is doing an amazing feature on the moon.
Yes, we are featured ;) Don’t miss it.

UPDATE: Unfortunatly not available at the ARTE media library anymore :(  



Here is a sneak peek of our new website which will be
online in mid 2019. 

For our 10th anniversary there will be many new works
and project documentation.


August, 2019 – and still under construction – when will it happen? 
We just don't know.




WCTM will be showing »Earth Seen From Space« and »A Touch of Home« in a all new 2018 version. Come around for the opening if you are in Dublin.


Earth Seen From Space

»One concept that reoccurs time and again in the gallery is that of the Anthropocene. Denoting the time period in which humans have had an influence on the Earth, the term highlights the growing awareness of our profound impact on the environment. Best described in a piece by Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser, the seemingly cute image of rabbits surrounding a watering hole, originally Australia, has been transposed onto a lunar landscape. Demonstrating the inadvertent impacts of our actions, the piece refers to the actions of colonist Thomas Austin. Hoping to bring a British homeliness to the ruthless Australian landscape, Austin released 24 of the fluffy creatures into the wild. Instead, the rabbits became a rampant pest. Devouring plants across the countryside, the colonists had inadvertently created a furry epidemic and permanently altered the native ecosystem.« Sam Cox, trinitynews

A Touch of Home 
A Touch of Home  
A Touch of Home

First LIVE MOON SMELLING done with a drone
at ISU International Space University, Strasbourg

first Live Moon Smelling done with a drone

at ISU International Spece University, Strasbourg

Hagen Betzwieser @ ISU

A couple of weeks ago I was honored to lead a workshop about the cultural aspects of the »Moon Village«. The Moon and I are a great team, hmmm, maybe I should become the Lunar-Arts-Ambassador. Thank's for the picture to Angeliki Kapoglou. Everyone who wonders what the Moon Village Association is, please take a look here: www.moonvillageassociation.org

at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts as part of "Springhouse"

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Seeing the Earth from a distance of some 380,000 km away must be one of the most important experiences of the Apollo missions to the moon. The "Whole Earth Picture" is today rightly considered one of the most significant photographs of the twenty-first century. Astronauts describe this experience as the "Overview Effect".

The designer and artist Hagen Betzwieser plays with possibilities and uses his residency in HELLERAU to generate a view of the Earth from outside.

He interlaces all kinds of different media and formats, from a conceptual approach, installation and film to performances. In 2008, he and the British artist Sue Corke launched the project WE COLONISED THE MOON.

This resulted in works such as “The Smell of the Moon” or video installations on DIY astronaut training and simulated weightlessness, which are exhibited internationally.
For springhouse, Hagen Betzwieser has developed a new installation and performance, which is based on his work “The Smell of the Moon” and has been reconceivedfor the Festival Theatre.

at ISU International Space University, Strasbourg as part of "SPACE UP"

Hagen Betzwieser of WeColonisedTheMoon.com tells @SpaceUpISU about The Smell of the Moon. #spaceupisu. Photo: Chris Welch, ISU


LIVE MOON SMELLING No. 11 & The Smell of the Moon
at NEUER KUNSTVEREIN WUPPERTAL as part of the show "Olfactismus"

In the News (Deutschlandradio): "Der Mond riecht nach Schießpulver"

International Space University, Strasbourg. 


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LIVE Moon Smelling No. 10

For the Sommerfest, the 25th anniversary of Akademie Schloss Solitude and Hagens 10th anniversary as fellow of the Akademie, We Colonised The Moon are delighted to present LIVE Moon Smelling No. 10. Join us at the Akademie Schloss Solitude Sommerfest on Satrurday 18th of July starting at 7pm. (LIVE Moon Smelling at 8.30pm.) 

dark frame / deep field
As Good As A MOONROCK and Frigoris and Tranquillitatis are on display.

Private View: Wednesday 3 June, 6 - 9 pm
Show runs: 4 June - 1 August 2015

, London

Curated by 
Melanie Vandenbrouck and Marek Kukula
(Royal Observatory Greenwich)

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Hagen Betzwieser, Sue Corke, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Marek Kukula

Digital Shoreditch Festival
NO COSMIC RAYS (Tiny Protest), 2015 are on display.

10.5 – 16.05.2015, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Curated by super/collider, Melanie Kathryn King and Louise Beer.


Lunar AC and Lunar Fragments, 2015 are on display.

11.05. – 11.07.2015, ALTANAGalerie, TU Dresden, Germany
Curated by Sabine Zimmermann-Törn and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niels-Christian Fritsche


Vokabular der Unsichtbarkeit

The Smell of War

Moon, scatch & sniff will be shown at The Smell of War.

01.05.2015 – 30.08.2015, Castle De Lovie, Poperinge, Belgium
Curated by Peter de Cupere

"The Smell of War will shed light on the first gas attacks in World War 1 and deals with the fascinating phenomenon of odour and thereby goes beyond the usual museum based form of experiencing art. International artists from the present day demonstrate that scent can really be context and /or concept of the work. Scents evoke memories and so also emotions and associations, but let the beholder also re-think and reflect about the context of the work.The main focus of the exhibition lies on the olfactory artworks about gas attacks and chemical wars, as well as on the not-smelling aspect by protection of gas masks. So we also show works that smell of nothing at all and in which the odour is only conjured up by the visitor’s imagination, or translated as an odour through the image."

read more at thesmellofwar.be


after five year ....

Thanks to ACME Studios, London

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Emission and Substrates
new series of drawings by Sue.

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ACME Project Space

From a Studio Exchange brings together work by six artists - Briony Anderson, George Charman, Bridget O’Gorman, Maria McKinney and We Colonised the Moon - all artists who have thus far participated in an international work/live exchange in 2013 and 2014 between Acme Studios’ Fire Station work/live programme, London and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin. The exchange provides a rent-free work/live space for a month, a travel bursary and the support of the host organisation. For this recent exhibition at Acme Project Space, London, each artist presents work that was developed or produced during their residency.

We Colonised the Moon, created 'The Embassy of Summer' during their exchange; a permanent installation on the north face of the Fire Station, Dublin, comprising nine nestboxes for pairs of swifts – representing an invitation into the future to return again and again.

This work/live exchange prorgamme was established following an initiative, with Acme’s support, by artists on Acme's Fire Station Work/Live Programme. The exchange will continue as part of Acme Studio’s Residency and Awards Programme.

The Embassy of Summer at  ACME Project Space
44 Bonner Road, Beathnal Green, London

8th. January – 25th. January 2015

The Embassy of Summer at Acme Project Space, London

Memories of the Moon Age

Book project by Studio Lukas Feireiss including WCTM
will be released later this spring.


Philipp Matthäus Hahn Memorial
Roughly 12 months ago Hagen was honored to have been asked to design the memorial for Philipp Matthäus Hahn (1739–1790) for the city of Kornwestheim, Germany. Besides being a priest, Hahn developed and engineered highly sophisticated astronomical instruments like mechanical orrery (planetarium), sundials, hydrostatic precision scales and one of the earliest mechanical calculators. Hagen's design for a “Weltmaschine”, a kind of a mechanical planetarium that simulates the night sky, is basis for this new public sculpture. Officially opend in December 2014.

Permanent, public sculpture. Steal, aluminium, LED, 2014. Approx 3,5m x 4,5m.
Kornwestheim, Germany / Produced by with Weltkugelmanufaktur

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Museum of Post Digital Culture
WCTM is now part of a new online collection. 
Thanks to guest curators, H3K, House of Electronic Arts in Basel..


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Lunar Trophy 2014

as part of the 20th. Annivasary of The Arts Catalyst we proudly organised the first WCTM Lunar Trophy 
in London. Taking the physics of rocketry back to the sportive darts competition that was the original space race. Points win prizes.
Was it ever so. Congratulations to the winner!

Lunar Trophy 2014

Lunar Trophy

Sense of Smell

ENTER AT OWN RISK and MOON SCRATCH AND SNIFF are features in the brand new puplication 
SENSE OF SMELL by Marcel van Barkel & Wander Eikelboom.

Sense of Smell

...meanwhile. A very curious mail arrived this days in our German Studio. Looks like our friend Sascha Pohflepp now freelances for the Chinese Space Agency :) How ever, thank you very much. We like it! Great 3D puzzle of Jade Rabbit.



...meanwhile. Sue spends the summer with Malcolm the greyhound on intense olfactory research up in the north of England whilst Hagen does remote fieldwork as curator of FormLAB with US artist Les Joynes in outer Mongolia. Back in Autumn for new projects in London and Germany with The Arts Catalyst, ACME Project Space and Berloni Gallery.

Remote Fieldwork Mongolia

Flying Saucer in Basel

WCTM at LISTE Art Fair Basel

By invitation of the House for Electronic Arts Basel, WCTM will present the works

Flying Saucers, Made in Germany (Fleet 1 and Fleet 2) and Earth Seen from Space.

The House for Electronic Arts Basel (H3K) focusing on the dialogue between art, technology, and media presents at LISTE 19 five artistic positions which engage with the themes of the departure into and the longing for outer space.

Opening hours:

Monday, June 16, 2014, 12–5 pm (preview), 5–9 pm (opening)
Tuesday, June 17 – Saturday, June 21, 2014, 1–9 pm
Sunday, June 22, 1–7 pm

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...meanwhile. Somwhere on the country side in Germany.

ACME Centenary Celebrations
In April WCTM's video documentary of the 2011 ACME Project Space
101 (Mostly) Harmless (Almost) Scientific Experiments To Try At Home Show
will be the featured work on the ACME home page, celebrating ACME's 40th year as one of the UK's leading art organisations working to support artists. A new publication celebrating the Centenary of the ACME Fire Station and the residency project there, also features our collaboration and is available to download from the website.

Dynamic, Affordable, Apollo-free
Finally the documentary of our lates project 
at Republic of the Moon
in London in January is online. hurray!!!

A Touch of Home

Get your anaglyph glasses out and enjoy this brand new picture of 
As Good as a Moonrock now in 3D!

As Good As A Moonrock - NOW IN 3D 

Dynamic, Affordable, Apollo-free
9 January – 2 February 2014
Bargehouse, South Bank, London

As artists in residence throughout
Republic of the Moon at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on London's South Bank in early 2014. Our residency will evolve in the space and includes a series of round tables about religious, political and economic approaches to colonising the moon.

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Open Think Tank Late Breakfast
Saturday 11 January 2014, 11am-1pm
Bargehouse, South Bank, London
“Should We Colonise the Moon?”.
 What's the future for the Moon – a theme park or a quarry?

Round table discussion about the concept of moon colonisation with
Benedict Singleton, Prof. Ian Crawford, Rev. Dr. Jeremy Law and Nicola Triscott.

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Extreme LIVE Moon Smelling
Thursday 16 January, 7 - 10pm
Bargehouse, South Bank, London

As part of KOSMICA: Full Moon Party. After the recent huge success of the
Biggest LIVE Moon Smelling on Earth to Date in Hong Kong we return once more to KOSMICA with the challenge of presenting an even larger smelling session.


#A.I.L - artists in laboratories, episode 51
Radio interview on ResonanceFM with the amazing Régine Debatty.

Microwave Festival
Hong Kong, City Hall, 9th November 2013

WCTM will be at this year's Microwave Festival in Hong Kong.
Lost in Space/Space Maintenance will feature in the main exhibition.

On the opening night we will be enacting the
Biggest LIVE Moon Smelling On Earth To Date.

Shiny Toys Festival
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, 30 – 31 August 2013

WCTM present Space Maintenance/Lost in Space in the main exhibition.
at this year's Shiny Toys Festival in 
Mülheim an der Ruhr.

WCTM ShinyToys

Dazed Digital:
WCTM features together with Alexander McQueen, Bjork, Daft Punk, Felix Baumgärtner, The Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Agnes, Nelly,
Stanely Kubrik, Ridley Scott, Stephen Hawking, UNESCO, X-Files, Yves Klein
and David Bowie in The dA-Zed guide to Outer Space from Dazed Magazine.

ah yeah!

The June edition of Kumobakudan Magazine from China,
features WCTM, ENTER AT OWN RISK and the Taste of the Universe.

An Ideal Sketch of the Moon, Sue Corke, 2012  An Ideal Sketch of the Moon, Sue Corke, 2012


Gallery TEN Edinburgh, Fringe Venue 188.

An Ideal Sketch of the Moon
are on show at PRINT FUSION.
an exhibition of contemporary graphic art at this years Edinburgh Festival.


An Ideal Sketch of the Moon are on show at PUSHING PRINT,
a major UK national print exhibition in Margate.

Residential exchange
Firestation London < > Firestation Dublin

This summer WCTM are in residence at The Firestation Artist's Studios in Dublin. Selected for the first exchange for emerging British and Irish artists between Dublin and London. Performance artist Maria McKinney takes our place at ACME Firestation Studios in London.

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The Embassy of Summer
Permanent installation on the north face of the Firestation Artist’s Studios in Dublin.
Print edition produced at Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.

TEOS 500

Very first sketch for a new astronomical device
Rapidly protoyped in Stuttgart close to the city observatory.

Out now. A pocket sized survey of recent work.
Available as PDF or in hard copy format, both on
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Curating the Cosmos
Enter At Own Risk is included in an online exhibition curated in conjunction with the
2013 Association of American Geographers conference on Curating the Cosmos,
with an accompanying essay by Elizabeth Straughan, Philip J. Nicholson (University of Glasgow) and Eric Magrane (University of Arizona).

Freedom of the Press
Frigoris and Tranquillitatis are on show this spring at The Old Royal Naval College at (Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre) Greenwich. Home also to the famous Observatory.
They appear as part of the Thames Barrier Print Studio artists spring show.

Exhibition runs from 29 April - 26 June 2013


WCTM is back in the studio in London and Stuttgart.
Twaddeling on things as usual.

Space Maintenance
and Astronaut Privatised featured in NO15 magazine,

the UC San Diego art publication, in a special issue themed around the surreal.

WCTM interview with Régine Debatty

27–29 September at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City



15 September 2012, Part of On Dilletantisem
, Halle14, Spinnerei, Leipzig



EB&Flow Gallery, London

Curated by
Attilia Fattori Franchini

Exhibition 13.06. - 1.09.2012

Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser met by chance in 2008 at a bus stop in Norway.
A conversation that started out then about colonising the moon at a glacier roadside continues in London today with their first solo show at EB&Flow.


Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany
Exhibition 27.6 - 17.08.2012

At the end of his six-month Clara-und-Eduard-Rosenthal residency at the Villa Rosenthal in Jena, Germany, Hagen Betzwieser shows recent works in cooperation with Sue Corke. Observations of local phenomena, further experiments in zero gravity, cosmic ice cream, continual space maintenance and a preview of the upcoming summer show in London at EB&Flow.

Taste of the Universe at Villa Rosenthal, Jena, 2012

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About the Smell of the Moon and Astronaut Training

Part of the exhibition Republic of the Moon
, FACT, Liverpool, UK
December 2011 – February 2012


BBC Stargazing LIVE
For BBC Stargazing Live at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester we present our next work about extraterrestrial aromas. THE TASTE OF THE UNIVERSE! Come around and have a bite! 27th January 2012, MOSI, Manchaster, UK

Taste of the Universe

KOSMICA, Liverpool
This special edition of KOSMICA comes to Liverpool as part of the Republic of the Moon exhibition, and is curated by us with Nahum Mantra. The all-female line-up will include presentations by Hilde de Bruijn of the Moon Life Foundation, Dr. Iya Whiteley, Space Psychologist (IACE Ltd, Director; UCL Centre for Space Medicine Consultant), Bee Thakore of the Planetary Society and Ulrike Kubatta ('She Should Have Gone To The Moon')


Our latest research workshop, building with teams of young people, space probes, cosmic explorers and rovers with a terminal end in mind. Rather than seeing a crash as a failure, we will film in high speed the beauty of the material chain reaction, unleashed in the devices final moments.


NEW SCIENTIST – low-tech-moon-landings
Review by Jessica Hamzelou for CultureLab


To Try At Home

August – September 2011

WCTM will be installing a brand new laboratory entitled ‘101 Harmless Scientific
Experiments To Try At Home’ at the
 Acme Project Space this summer. For six weeks between August and September we will be investigating and inventing solutions for anti-gravity, time machines and holding auditions for astronauts.


An Audiance of Experts

More intergalatic research! Come around if you are in London. Sue and I will present one of our latest experiments which we develeoped in the last weeks in our new lab at ACME Projects Space in Bethnal Green.

WEDNESDAY, 1st. September 2011
The Arts Catalyst
, 50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London


Photo Hagen Betzwieser

We have now moved into our new lab in Bethnal Green and a lot of you are already curious  about the SUPER SUNDAYS so here is the news...

The Sun Dies Anyway
Stuttgart, how are you doing? June – July, 2011, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart


Silcsreen, 25 x 25cm, Edition 30


Structured Talk

in front of an image of Sagittarius B distributing the taste of the Universe
(rasberries and rum) to the KOSMICA audiance. (Photo: Sascha Pohflepp)

KOSMICA at The Arts Catalyst
50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London

Kosmica at the Arts Catalyst, London (Photo: Sascha Pohflepp)


MOON Scratcg
New Prints
available ! 385 x 255mm


New Prints available ! 650 x 540mm 


Prints available now from Edinburgh Printmakers, and the Fruitmarket Gallery in
Edinburgh from December 2010.

(WE COLONISED THE MOON, Hagen Betzwieser, Sue Corke)

MOON, scratch and sniff

Moon, scratch and sniff is a commission for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
and was launched there as part of an event on olfactory art in September 2010.


Something For The Weekend
Silkscreen, 2010, 20 x 30 cm, Edition 25

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Aproved for All Ages, Good Luck With That
Print no.3, "Good Luck with That", is done at Edinburgh Printmakers in Edinburgh.

Aproved for All Ages, Good Luck With That

Print no.3, "Good Luck with That", is done at EP in Edinburgh.

(WE COLONISED THE MOON, Hagen Betzwieser, Sue Corke)

The third print is taking shape. Over four days in Amsterdam, in a hot and airless studio the designs and stencils are made. 'Good Luck with That' will conclude the narrative, and makes playful reference to art as contract, printed paper as the medium of business transaction.

Apologies, Mr and Mrs Arnolfini.








(WE COLONISED THE MOON, Hagen Betzwieser, Sue Corke)

During the process of checking registration each image from the series is layed over the others, simultaneously revealing and disguising the sequence. Time and space dissolve, but in the meantime a visit is also made to Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier to check out the press.

And so now we just press print right?

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British Expeditionary Force Researching in Bijlmer, Amsterdam:
Base camp, Flatstation, artist's atelier housing cooperative:

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iRes, University College Falmouth
Workshop on collaborative practice and conceptual thinking.


"oh my goodness! it looks like WE COLONISED THE MOON"

We Colonised The Moon has a new website. The Pixel Monkey can have a bananna. And you can check out the projects we have already completed and those still 'under construction...'

Welcome to our universe, Hagen & Sue