Infrasonic terrors, smoking robots, mind control experiments, time and motion studies, space age fashions, visions of the future and rocket lollies feature in this evening of peculiar, rarely seen science clips. Rocket lolly is a feast of scientific and technological curiosities on film, from 1900 to present day. This show includes two astounding films from the UK archives. One is a vision of the future (1955) created in 1935. The other is a strangely prescient film from the 1960s, predicting a world where everyone’s secrets are stored on a giant, global computer network. Many of the films are mute and accompanied by live music from electronic and robot outfit Spacedog.
As seen at: The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton; The Ghille Dhu, Edinburgh (for this closing show of Edinburgh International Science Festival, Spacedog teamed up with retro futurist podcasters Project Moonbase). Stephen Hiscock and I also presented excerpts of Rocket Lolly at the Tartu Elektriteater, Estonia, for Prima Vista Festival.
A huge thank you to the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, and the Huntley Film Archives for their generosity in making our main features available for the night. And thanks to Alan Fred Pipes for sourcing this beautiful image of rocket airliners.