Cultural space craft: Artist captures the zeitgeist and launches intergalactic art

29 : 01 : 2015 Kim Laughton : Forever Now : Artists

Shanghai – Artist Willoh S Weiland has created a cultural record of the current zeitgeist that was beamed into space earlier this month.

Zoe Scoglio for Forever Now, Australia Zoe Scoglio for Forever Now, Australia
Kim Laughton for Forever Now, Shanghai Kim Laughton for Forever Now, Shanghai
Alejandro Borsani for Forever Now, Argentina Alejandro Borsani for Forever Now, Argentina
Deborah Kelly and Christian J Heinrich for Forever Now, Australia Deborah Kelly and Christian J Heinrich for Forever Now, Australia

Weiland’s Forever Now features works of video and sound from artists from 118 countries, including a Grammy award-winner, a singer and internet phenomenon, and an electronic composer, all recorded onto a golden disc, itself a work of art from jeweller Susan Cohn.

‘Forever Now is this century’s response to the Voyager Records sent into space in 1977,’ say its curators. ‘It is a sequel and an update to that visionary gesture.’

At the launch selected works from Forever Now were beamed into space in a second wave of cultural information to reach distant intergalactic shores years after the Voyager.

For more on how creatives are adopting a long-view approach to their work, read our article on a hidden art cache.

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