Peter Lucas Voyager Found
In 1977, Astronomer Carl Sagan and colleagues assembled a collection of diagrams, greetings, photographs, and recorded sounds and music as a “message in a bottle” for potential neighbors in distant galaxies. This ambitious, curated biography of our species was etched into two gold-plated phonograph records and the twin discs were affixed to NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Now, on the 35th anniversary of their launches into space (and with one of the craft currently in the outer edge of our solar system and expected to enter interstellar space soon), artist Peter Lucas assumes the role of an imagined, distant recipient to create an entirely new translation. Voyager Found is an audio-visual installation that responds to Sagan’s landmark “mix tape” by playfully removing the linear structures and human logic of its original form and remixing its disparate fragments of life on Earth in an ever-changing montage.