On May 6, 1937 the German zeppelin Hindenburg was destroyed in a spectacular fire captured live on radio by Herbert “Herb” Morrison. The event “went viral” as it spread across newsreels and newspapers, and as Morrison’s “Oh the humanity!” proclamation was re-broadcast on radio stations across the country.
The resonance of this event has sent waves into The Other Side of the World, an alternate universe created by artist Rob Hessler. There it created a self-contained “island” where the after-effects play out on a landscape populated by elements familiar to the incident and with things as they were in our real world at that time. The One in the Duck Feather Cloak, a sentient explorer within this alternate reality, has come to explore this island, experiencing it for us in the present day, and sending back images so that we might understand the Hindenburg’s place in our history.
For this project artist Rob Hessler will recreate the Hindenburg disaster at the point where it intersects The Other Side of the World. Leading up to the April 6th First Friday Art March, the space will act as a slowly changing installation piece, set in 1937 during the weeks leading up to the history-altering event. On the evening of the reception, the window on Bull Street will turn into a portal to The Other Side of the World, with Hindenburg coming alive as a performance art piece including video, sound, and live actors.
Additional collaborative elements to be provided by videographer Drew Hunt and director/improvisationalist Chris Soucy.