Andrew Friend
Fantastics

Experiencing the invisible, RAF Flyingdales, Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station, N.Yorkshire


Experiencing Lightning strike, Great Langdale, Cumbria


Disappearing (at sea), Enclosed water testing, Queen Mary Reservoir, London

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If you are in the right place at the right time, you (may) experience something fantastic.


Device for Experiencing the Invisible

The wearer of the device is placed in the center of the parabolic dish, becoming the focus point for invisible energy. In order to experience the extraordinary the wearer must go to sites of increased radio, paranormal, or electrical activity. Could the device lead to mutation, possible harm, or uncover new, previously unseen landscapes and instances? How much risk / danger will individuals put themselves under in order to experience this invisible fantastic?


Device for Experiencing Lightning strike

This device increases the user’s likelihood of getting struck by lightning. Energy from the strike is transferred to heat, used to brand the user, who following the experience is left scarred as a memory of the event. The device questions the dissemination of this experience, from the life threatening, to simple story, the transition from the fantastic to the banal.


Device for Disappearing (at sea)

This device offers the individual opportunity for a safe, temporary disappearance, experiencing an isolation seldom found on land. The occupier of the device is absorbed into the chasm, disappearing from view beneath the water’s surface. The device examines the relationship between the known above, and the unknown/ imagined world below sea level.

Project Credits
Photographer: Hitomi Kai Yoda

Special thanks: Robert Friend, Marguerite Humeau, Ben Oliver,
Queen Mary Sailing Club