Aphids in Space: A Golden Record for the 21st century

Could you sum up humanity in a minute? Melbourne-based arts organisation Aphids is asking artists worldwide to do just that. For a new project, entitled Forever Now, artists will have six months to submit a one minute audiovisual work which represents humanity today, presenting a snapshot of the current historical moment. Inspired by NASA’s Voyager phonograph Golden Record of 1977 – “a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth” – Forever Now presents artists with the opportunity to voice what they believe best epitomises the cultural value of ‘now’ in the year 2013.

Next month will give rise to the launch of the Forever Now website, featuring an official invitation to artists around the world to be involved. All submissions are to be showcased at the MONA FOMA Festival 2014, with 44 original artworks to then be commissioned and selected for launch into space courtesy of Florida’s Deep Space Communications Team.

Manning the site and making the final selections for this special project will be a cross-disciplinary team of Australian curators including Brian Ritchie (MONA FOMA), Jeff Khan (Performance Space), Thea Baumann (Artistic Associate of Aphids) and Willoh S. Weiland (Artistic Director of Aphids). The website will launch and kick off submissions on Saturday 15 June.

The Aphids showreel gives artists an idea of who they’re dealing with:

Originally published at Everguide.


About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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