In 1973, Carl Sagan created the Pioneer Plaque for the Pioneer 10 space exploration mission. Its purpose was to tell where Earth is and who we are in the “improbable but not impossible” (sic.) eventuality of extraterrestrial civilizations intercepting the probe.

Hyperfine splitting of Hydrogen

Earth’s position in the Universe defined by the intersection of eleven cosmic pulsars

Probe exit trajectory on its way out from our Solar System

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Humankind. Shape and size of the intelligent beings who are sending this.

The Pioneer 10 gathered important scientific data and then it flew into deep space.  It’s last very weak signal was received in 2003 when it was 12 billion kilometers from Earth. It should reach Aldebaran, in the Taurus Constellation, in approximately 1.690.000 years.

How would the Pioneer Plaque look today?

Selections and Awards

FICC – Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena
Cartagena, Spain
WINNER – Best Script

Short Movie Club 2016
Minsk, Belarus
April 2, 2016
WINNER – Audience Award

FICPA – Festival Internacional de Cine de Pasto

Pasto, Colombia
WINNER – Best Experimental Film

4-8 Oct, 2016
Guadalajara, Spain
WINNER – Audience Award

Near Nazareth Festival 2016
Afula, Israel

Festival FEDAXV – Festival Diseño Audiovisual Experimental Valdivia 2016
Valdivia, Chile
XS Puçol 2016
Puçol, España
Jury’s Honorable Mention
Festival de Cine Astorga 2016
Astorga, Spain
Jury’s Honorable Mention – Best Experimental Short
VideoBabel 2016
Cusco, Perú
Jury’s Honorable Mention

Top Shorts 2016
Jury’s Honorable Mention – Inspirational Film

DC Shorts Film Festival
United States
September 9, 2016
East Coast Premiere
Official Selection

LA Shots Fest
Los Angeles, US
Los Angeles Premiere
Opening Night Screening
Official Selection

Paris Art and Movie Awards
Paris, France
July 25, 2016
Finalist: Best Documentary

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe, NM
United States
October 19-23
Official Selection

BCCN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival 2016
Barcelona, Spain
May 13, 2016
Official Selection

Amarcort Film Festival
Rimini, Italy
2-8 Dicember 2016

Capodarco L’Altro Festival
Capodarco, Italy
June 24, 2016

Kansk Video Festival
Kansk Siberia, Russia

Mainstream & Underground

Moscow, Russia

Denpasar, Bali

El Ojo Cojo International Film Fest

Unrestricted View Film Festival 2016
London, UK
Official Selection

PÁVEZ – Festival Nacional de Cortometrajes 2016
Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Official Selection

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival
Badalona, Spain
Official Selection

Transmission Video Art Festival 2016
Karlsruhe, Germany
April 22, 2016
Official Selection

VI Festival Internacional de Cine de Fuengirola 2017 
Fuengirola, Spain
Official Selection

Fiatcorti Film Festival 17
Istrana, Italy
Official Selection

Machetanz Film Festival 2016
Alaska, USA
Official Selection

Caostica 2016
Bilbao, Spain
Official Selection

Yerevan, Armenia
Official Selection

«Euro Fest» European International Film Festival 2016
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Official Selection

CFF – 4th Caselle Film festival
Caselle, Italy
Official Selection

INCORTO Festival
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Official Selection

Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
South Africa

Islantilla Cineforum Lepe
Isla Cristina, Spain
Official Selection

PIFF – Paphos International Film Festival
Paphos, Cyprus
Official Selection

Preview International Film Fest
Barcelona, Spain
Official Selection

Castellaneta Film Fest 2016
Castellaneta, Italy

Norwich Radical Film
Norwich, UK
August 26, 2016

Italian Movie Award
Pompei, Italy
Official Selection

Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film
Lviv, Ukraine
August 4, 2016
Official Selection

Empire Suburb Film Festival 2016
Sessa Aurunca, Italy
Official Selection

Zahora en Corto

July 8, 2016
Official Selection

Norwich Radical Film Festival
August 26, 2016
Official Selection

Ipsos Short Film Breaks

Bucharest, Romania
Official Selection

Tea Break Film Festival
Hull, Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Official Selection

Novi Sad, Serbia
Official Selection

Brainwash Movie Festival
Oakland, California
United States
Official Selection

SEFF ’16 Szczecin European Film Festival ’16
Official Selection for documentary films

Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival
Waterville, Ireland
Screening 26.08.2016
Official Selection

MAIPU CORTOS 2016, Festival de Cine de Humor
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Official Selection

Curts de Moscatell
Teulada, Spain
Official Selection

Torino, Italy
Official Selection

Festival Internazionale del Cinema Povero
Ispra, Italy
Official selection

Madrid, Spain
Official Selection

K-lidoscopi 2016
Valencia, Spain
Official Selection

Short Film Festival Diessen am Ammersee
Diessen am Ammersee, Germany
Official Selection

KısaKes Short Film Festival
Out of Competition Screening

Bideodromo International Experimental and Video Festival
Bilbao, Spain
Official Selection

ACAMPADOC – 5.º Festival Internacional de Cine Documental
La Villa de los Santos, Panama
Silico Experimental Competition at IFF Message to Man
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
August 26, 2016
Official Selection
Torremolinos International Fantastic Film Festival
Torremolinos, Spain
Official Selection
SHORT to the Point Film Festival 
Official Selection – September 2016

London Experimental Film Festival 

London, UK
Official Selection
Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland
Official Selection

XV Festival Internacional de Cine de Almería
Almería, Spain
Official Selection

Eindhoven Film Festival 2016
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
11th of October 2016
Official Selection

International Short Film Festival Ciudad de Soria
Soria, Spain
Official Selection

FRONTDOC 2016 – Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Frontiera
Aosta, Italy
Official Selection

Video Feast 2016
New Zealand
Visionary Editing Nominee
Madrid / Mallorca, Spain
Official Selection

8th Cairo Video Festival
Cairo, Egypt
Official Selection


8/10/2016 – Eric Foinquinos picking up the Audience Award for “The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque” at FESCIGU 2016 (Spain).
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El vídeo de Kozlov es cruel, pero conectado con cierta ternura hacia la estupidez de la especie. Rápido, pero (hasta en la cadencia del inglés que usa) con un pautado rumor de fondo. Trepidante y multitudinario, pero lleno de rostros reconocibles, a veces deformados ligeramente hacia la caricatura. Muy actual, pero punteado poéticamente con una inteligencia atávica. 

– Ignacio Castro Rey,
Marzo 2015
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Why this?

Since the 60s and 70s, western societies have been losing the traditional explanatory structures and falling into a cacophony of collective claims regulated only by an often annoying political correctness. It’s potentially offensive to talk about someone’s race, sexual orientation, body, food preferences, illness, God… Yet meanwhile, we are asked to have an opinion on an increasing number of controversial causes, for example: does Femen objectify or free women? Is it OK to wear the hijab at school? Should the mentally ill adopt children? Should we prevent the Chinese from eating dogs?

This information overload produces confusion and perplexity, and, furthermore, apathy, depression and maybe even brain cancer. Want to give it a try? Start here at my Über Dazed and Confused News Page.

Why «Postmodern»?

Contemporary philosophers like Lipovetsky, Baudrillard, Kirby, Bauman, Vattimo, Van den Akker and  Vermeulen are enthusiastically debating postmodernism’s mutations and spin-offs such as Hypermodernism, Post-postmodernism, Liquid Modernity, Digimodernism, Metamodernism, etc.

I call postmodernism the perfect storm of the XXth century. It came and devastated the simple, naive, heartwarming logic of modernity once and for all. I believe we are still living the aftermath of this systemic apocalypse.

My project enacts the brutal confrontation of two centuries: post-WW2 progressive romanticism vs. todays über-modern era. This contrast fascinates and scandalizes me unceasingly.

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This project is also

A tribute to Carl Sagan

Watching “Cosmos” as a child, he was my guiding star. A man who embodied wisdom, passion for science, wild curiosity and kindness. A true Pacifist who saw us as one: Humankind, together with the animal kingdom and our beautiful Planet.

My uttermost respect towards this extraordinary person.

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The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque Project was conceived and produced
by Boris Kozlov


Voice over talent
Naeem Munaf
Sara Montgomery Campbell
Toni Rodriguez

Illustrations artwork by
Eduardo Gutierrez García

Original music composed by
Eric Foinquinos

Sound Design and Mix
Beltran Rengifo

Prodution consultants
Marta Kozlov
Luis Oliván

Silvia Figueras

Diego Bartolomé

Additional design

Additional soundtrack

Album: K-R Quoi de neuf
Performed by K-R

Performed by
David G. Bonacho

“Jihad Trap”
Performed by

Special thanks to
Zoe Berriatua, Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento, Alberto Olivan, Maja Petrić, Yamila Fernández-Colman, Jorge Frías, Álvaro de la Hoz, Javier Hormigos, José Manuel Carrasco, Isabel Fernández, Antonio Garrido

Disclaimer and FAQ

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Please don’t get offended by «The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque»
I do not intend to make fun of any individual nor any particular group of people. I intend to make fun of us as a whole. Humanity is a rare biological phenomenon that lately appeared on the surface of a partially wet rock that flies in the nowhereness. From that perspective we are truly all the same. I share Sagan’s and Lennon’s dream of a time in which we finally stop clashing and start behaving as one.

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This is Creative Commons, 100% non commercial project. I made is as a gift to the Internet Community. It’s a result of hard work of puzzling together all kinds of footage: YouTube videos and images from all around the Internet. In case any of is yours AND you are not happy with being part of this mashup, please use the contact form to contact me and I will immediately remove it from the video in every channel that is under my control.

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Why is this video ignorant to other messages officially sent to space such as the Golden Disk (1977) or the Arecibo Radio Transmission (1974)?
Well, I needed to start from somewhere and I choose The Pioneer Plaque for it’s iconic value. It’s true that both Voyager’s Golden Disk and the radio signal transmissions known as Arecibo Message can be greatly “improved” from today’s political correctness standard. Maybe in the future I’ll engage those other humanitarian missions.

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