2017 saw the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record included aboard the two Voyager spacecraft. The records contain sounds and images portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended as a message for intelligent extraterrestrial life forms. In some ways we can think of these records’ contents as a training dataset for alien cultures who stumble across it.
We Are Here is about a time capsule that was returned to Earth by an alien civilisation in response to these original Voyager records. It is a ‘message in a bottle’ from an extraterrestrial life form. Who sent it? And why?
The installation is informed by research into storytelling through music and sound, and what imaginary or science fiction narratives can tell us about human existence.
MA Interactive Digital Media
We Are Here