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Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground.

An annotated version of a piece recently published  in mat.zine 07 – ‘The Hourglass Issue

Voyagers' Golden Record Cover | Image ©NASA


“I am currently 13 hrs 11 mins 23 secs of light-travel time from Earth”

{Voyager II, midnight, 20th January 2011, travelling at ~55,690km/h}

Having come across the ‘@Voyager2’ feed on twitter, I was presented with the first line of text above – an intriguing semi-human communication.

Reading the text, while this years perigee moon shone brightly in a clear winter sky, I was reminded of the golden record which the spacecraft Voyager 1 and 2 both carry. Each is an identical gold-plated copper phonograph containing material curated by a group led by astronomer Carl Sagan. On the records they chose to put a selection of natural sounds from earth, recorded greetings in fifty-five languages, and a unique playlist of music from around our world. A collection of images and written messages from then U.S. President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim accompanied the audio material, which were ‘written’ onto the phonograph in binary code.

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Filed under: History, mat.zine, Music, , , ,

Memory Theatre, Edinburgh

As outlined in a previous post, I recently completed an M.Arch dissertation entitled ‘Dialogues; Architecture’s Origin in Language‘ in the in the Material masters unit at the university of Dundee. Memory Theatre was one of a series of projects which formed part of the dissertation. This project is currently being exhibited at the RIBA in London, and will be on Display at the Milk and Sugar Gallery in Liverpool during the month of February. The original submission is available to view on the RIBA President’s Medals website.

Click here, or on the image above to view the abstract and images.

Filed under: Architecture, History, Theatre