Disaster Playground

Welcome to the real “Armageddon”

[feature length movie and exhibition. Pictures of training situation designed by Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian]

Hollywood relies on Bruce Willis to save the world in Armageddon, but who are the real-life heroes seeking to save our civilisation from the next major asteroid impact? One of Indiewire’s six highlights of SXSW 2015, singled out by Janet Pierson as “pretty nuts”, selected at Sheffield 2015 and raved by SoundOnSight as “bombastic”, Disaster Playground investigates future outer space catastrophes and the procedures in place to manage, assess, and minimise the risks. The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, Disaster Playground follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact. Music is by Ed Banger Records and The Prodigy. Disaster Playground premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and competed in the Feature Documentary, Vision Category which promotes “audacious filmmakers, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking”. The film was released on all digital platforms including Netflix. Disaster Playground has been designed as a creative critical platform with ranges of hybrid outcomes (exhibition, book, an app amongst others. See more on the dedicated project website). Paola Antonelli, senior curator at MOMA declared about it “It’s Dr. Strangelove meets This Is Spinal Tap. You straddle a big red phone and go on a wild ride along a chain of command that is complex and exhilarating”.


Main Exhibitions: British Film Institute, V&A Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Z33 House for Contemporary, Art Belgium, Solo Show at MU Eindhoven.


Full team on www.disasterplayground.com