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
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
Islantilla Cineforum – Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la Luna [Spain]
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,
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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.
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.
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.
The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque Project was conceived and produced
by Boris Kozlov
Voice over talent
Sara Montgomery Campbell
Illustrations artwork by
Eduardo Gutierrez García
Original music composed by
Sound Design and Mix
Album: K-R Quoi de neuf
Performed by K-R
David G. Bonacho
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