The Starseed Transmission
Sovay Berriman / Plastique Fantastique / Rowena Harris / Dean Kenning / Inês Rebelo
Curated by Lucy A. Sames
Preview September 27th 6-9pm
Exhibition continues September 28th - October 19th 2013
Open Wed-Sat 12-6pm or by appointment
Plus special late opening for Art Licks Weekend, Thursday 3rd October until 9pm
A message to/from Carl Sagan.
A speculative broadcast to a non-specific extraterrestrial civilisation, Carl Sagan’s schematic résumé of life on earth engraved onto a plaque on NASA’s Pioneer 10, is now over 8 billion miles away.
In 1974, Sagan received a reply..
Channeled through a collective hallucination in Folsom maximum security prison and corroborated by a passing comet, this reply came in the form of a diagram – a transmission from outerspace – an imagined communiqué from an extraterrestrial being.
Received and transcribed by psychologist, writer, LSD advocate and inmate Dr Timothy Leary, the transmission communicates with the Pioneer plaque via a call and response of compressed information.
Through experiments in abstract visual language, The Starseed Transmission explores diagrams as precise and efficient machines of communication, subverting the power of speech and creating a shorthand code where the luxury of language is no longer available.
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Image: Sovay Berriman
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