In 1973, Carl Sagan created the Pioneer Plaque for the Pioneer 10 space exploration mission. It’s 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’s exit trajectory on it’s way out from our Solar System

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

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 Tauro constellation, in approximately 1 690 000 years.

How would the Pioneer Plaque look today?

Why this?

Since the 60ies and 70ies, western societies have been loosing the traditional explanatory structures and falling into a cacophony of collective claims regulated only by the often annoying political correctness. It’s potentially offensive to talk about someones race, sex 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 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.

If you also think that the world has gone slightly out of control you may want to share my project.

Why “Postmodern”?

Contemporary philosophers like Lipovetsky, Baudrillard, Kirby, Bauman, Vattimo, Van den Akker, Vermeulen are lively debating postmodern’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, naif, 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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We are collecting money to send the new plaque to space!

Show your social awareness by funding this important initiative and get yourself a postcard or a king size poster with the Postmodern Pioneer Plaque artwork.

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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 the 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

CREDITS

Voice over talent
Naeem Munaf
Sara Montgomery Campbell
Toni Rodriguez

Illustrations artwork by
Eduardo Gutierrez García

Original music composed by
Eric Foinquinos

Additional soundtrack

“Multimilliardaire”
Album: K-R Quoi de neuf
Performed by K-R

“Panico”
Performed by
David G. Bonacho

“Jihad Trap”
Performed by
ZwiRek

Sound Design and Mix – Beltran Rengifo
Launch strategy consultant – Luis Olivan
Web – Diego Bartolomé
Additional design – Sergio xxx

Special thanks to
Marta Kozlov, Zoe Berriatua, Alvaro Giménez Sarmiento, Mario Olivan, Maja Petric, Jon Pitaluga, Yamila Fernández-Colman, Jorge Frías, Javier Hormigos, José Manuel Carrasco, Isabel Fernández, Antonio Garrido.

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Disclaimer: Please don’t get offended by this video!
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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