Forever Now: A Golden Record for the 21st Century

Published:  May 28, 2013
Forever Now: A Golden Record for the 21st  Century

What best represents humanity in the face of infinity? That’s the question being asked in the new project Forever Now, which is presented by Aphids and Sydney’s Performance Space, in partnership with the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Forever Now explores our cultural obsession with immortalising ourselves, and follows in the footsteps of NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Records which was sent into space as a record of humanity’s culture and science at that time. Forever Now similarly seeks to investigate our current historical moment.

Compiled and designed by a cross-disciplinary team of artists and curators, including Willoh S. Weiland (Aphids Artistic Director), Brian Ritchie (curator, MONAFOMA), Jeff Khan (co-director, Performance Space), Thea Baumann (Aphids Artistic Associate) and contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn, Forever Now endeavours to create be a golden record for the 21st Century.

The project launches nationally and internationally via its website on June 15th. This will unleash a six-month call out to artists from around the world to submit a one-minute work in audio visual format. During the six-months, the project’s curators, artists and producers will communicate via the Forever Now website, maintaining continuous dialogue with artists regarding their works.

“Forever Now is the first time that curators and artists will comprehensively be able to determine what is important to send to space. If we imagine space as ‘the future’ this is important to the role of art in this context. We want the record to communicate not just the positive aspects of our culture but instead be what it is on Earth: a diverse, polymorphic voice articulating what is wonderful as well as what is complex, difficult and sublime about humanity” says Willoh S. Weiland, the Artistic Director of Aphids.

In a spectacular finale, all submissions to the Forever Now website will be premiered at the 2014 MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania. The final result will be the commission of 44 original artworks (chosen by the curators) to be launched into deep space on a digital and physical record courtesy of Florida’s Deep Space Communications team.


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