We Chose the Moon

2016 Intervention (motion sensored sound player)

When people enter the elevator, a voice is triggered to play through the motion sensored sound player -- "Hello from the children of planet Earth". The soundtrack is originally from the Greetings to the Universe in the Voyager Golden Record issued by NASA in 1978. The initiation of these "interstellar messages" was to communicate with extraterrestrials. The desire of knowing the other is cooperated into the geopolitcal tensions since Cold War. Reversing the message senders into receivers offers a way to reflect on the alien nature of human.

We Chose the Moon is part of The Elevator Project, a series of interventions that are performed in the elevator to investigate it as a confined and mobile public space.