Cosmos

Video materials, Voice record and sound effects, 2021

This work is based on the best-sold book “Cosmos” - one of the interests among publications nowadays, written by former eminent American astrology Carl Sagan. Thus, the title simply quoted from the same title of the book, reflecting a genuine meaning of its word. The book contains diversely astronomical knowledge, focused on his particular interest in the solar system, spacetime, alien lives, etc., binding with other pieces of knowledge related to history, biology, geography, literature, and religion to convey more detailed alternative information to the public.

 

The visual medium continuously displays via irregular sequence, containing all related to book content - historical data, physics data, daily life footage, and astronomic recordings from documentaries such as Kepler’s law, Journey of Apollo 11, Eratosthenes calculation, Columbus Exploration, Natural phenomenon, and Mars expedition. Carl Sagan’s voice on its background indicates the comments from his book Pale Blue Dot, referred to a tiny dotlooked Earth photograph, recorded by traveling Voyager 1, from a further distance between Neptune (almost 6 billion kilometres). This idea was first asserted by himself, despite the arguments of NASA, concerned that the attached camera might get damaged due to strong sunlight behind Earth. The statement demonstrates about the belonging, determines Earth as one of the significant planets in this vast universe is vain existence, despite a likelihood of migrating to another Planet.

 

Even the voice clip is out of order compared to the original script, but still, video clips follow the content of the voice. This imitates the pattern of the nature, emphasizing the dignity of its space called “Cosmos” - The true definition by Ionian and Carl Sagan himself; also emulate the artificial frequency produced from different kind of active satellites on the Earth. The other sparsely appearing background sounds are recorded from other planets on the solar system, which converted from the access of frequency by its Planet. These sounds were edited then placed into the Track Bar to represent the solar system, begins from planet earth, and ends with Neptune. The pattern of sound also draws the same as the Voyager 1’s entire route, which has started in 1977 to the present (image attached on the second page) via fade in/out effects to illustrate the movement. The spatial noise plays besides to reenact the imaging of vacuumed void universe, instead of background music.