ArtCOP21

A Simple Response to an Elemental Message

Paul Quast (artist) & numerous international scientific collaborators.

30 Nov - 31 Dec 2015, All Day

This is an online, global project open to public participation via the interface/website. Project office is based within Edinburgh., Midlothian, Scotland.

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Paul Quast (2015) ‘A Simple Response to an Elemental Message’. Graphite pencil on Paper.

When

30 Nov - 31 Dec 2015
All Day
This project is developed to accrue public contributions for the transmission from 30th November 2015 until1st August 2016 (COP content will form the predominant base of the transmission with the option of further legacy contributions).

Where

This is an online, global project open to public participation via the interface/website. Project office is based within Edinburgh.
74 Lauriston Place,
Edinburgh,, Midlothian, Scotland.,  EH3 9DF
United Kingdom
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A Simple Response is a non-for-profit, culturally-inspired, Interstellar Radio Message due to be transmitted from Earth in 2016. The transmissions content will be comprised of global public participation/ responses to the simple question; "How will our present, collective environmental interactions shape the future?"

Welcome to 'A Simple Response to an Elemental Message', a non-for-profit, publically-compiled, Interstellar Radio Message due to be transmitted from Earth on a one-way journey to our North Star in 2016.

“How will our present, collective environmental interactions shape the future?”

Today, we are situated within a period theorised as “The Critical Decade”, a pivotal point within our civilisations’ history in which present ecological decisions may inherently commit future generations to adversity. Global decisions reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris as well as made at home will collectively hold equal weight in sculpting this arrow of time for all of Earth’s inhabitants regardless of species, location or adaptability. Never before has humankind wielded this capacity to author the future of the Earth's entire biosphere; our civilisation has truly become a worldwide, geological agent whose capabilities can rival that of nature's own sculpting forces.

So how do you think we, as a species, will shape this future? ‘A Simple Response to an Elemental Message’ invites individuals from anywhere on the planet to consider and freely contribute their own unique [text-based] perspectives to the posed question; “How will our present, collective environmental interactions shape the future?” In autumn 2016, material submitted in response to this globally relevant question will be transmitted into deep space to commence its interstellar, light-speed journey; in effect, creating a culturally-inspired, ‘message in a bottle’ of global perspectives encoded within light itself that will propagate out into space for eons.

By submitting text contributions from across the globe for this interstellar, poetic time capsule, participants will be contributing to ongoing dialogue concerning how our civilisation collectively perceives its’ role within shaping the future of the environment and establish a means by which we may collectively analyse these perspectives for cross-cultural universals within this single, global human community.

Wish to know more about this initiative or participate in this transmission? Please visit the purpose-built project website to explore, interact, investigate the research and, if interested, contribute your own unique perspective to this interstellar odyssey via; www.asimpleresponse.org

This projects practical architecture is developed in collaboration with researchers/ faculty working within/ for;

- Anderson, Richard I.; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (US).
- Arumugam, Vinod; European Southern Observatory, Garching (DE/CL).
- ASCUS Art & Science; Summerhall (UK).
- Evans, Chris; UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) & The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh (ROE) (UK).
- Hainich, Rainer; The University of Potsdam (DE).
- McCaughrean, Mark; [ESA] European Space Operations Centre [ESOC], Darmstadt (DE).
- Quast, Paul; University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh College of Art (UK).
- Simon Diaz, Sergio; Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias [IAC], Tenerife (ES).
- Taylor, William; UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) & The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh (ROE) (UK).
- Turner, David G.; Dept. of Astronomy & Physics, Saint Mary's University, Halifax (CA).

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