Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Black is the Colour of Memory (Video made at Ars Electronica 2013)

This video was made at Ars Electronica in Linz in September 2013.  It uses footage from an intervention by Hydraprojects on an existing installation Souvenir by Artists from Italy and Austria*.

The video is also available on YouTube

This was an unscripted and impromptu intervention: contributing to the realistic look of surprise from the cosmonauts in the bubble.

The video uses audio from the Golden Record which is attached to the Voyager Space probe: namely the Messages from the UN Delegates.  This includes parts of poems by Baudelaire and Harry Martinson as well as greetings in Arabic, Indonesian, French, Punjabi, German, English, Efik (Nigerian), Spanish, Flemish, Persian, Esperanto and Swedish. It ends with the words:

We saw a nebula in a telescope
A golden mistcluster we thought we saw....

The video is in response to the discussion at the Ars Electronica Symposium on Total Recall: the Evolution of Memory: since Voyager, and its Golden Record, is at this moment the only long term memory of the human race which will outlive the the planet and the solar system.

* Souvenier was produced by:
Alias Rosalie (AT/IT)
Giovanni Jussi (IT)
Mario Stadler (AT)
Maria Spanring (AT)

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