Guan Chun | Artist, Illustrator, Designer
Portfolio31 Art Studio / Shanghai / China

——“Through Hardships to the Stars (ad astra per aspera)” 穿越險阻 奔向群星

隨1977年「旅行者」太空探測器一同奔向未知宇宙的,有一張留聲機金唱片,收錄表述地球上各種文化及生命的聲音和圖像,希望有朝一日被宇宙中的外星高智慧生物或未來的人類發現。

唱片內容包括:115幅圖像及1幅太陽系座標,描繪地球與人類的信息,包括各种生物的照片、數理化生物圖表、DNA結構、X光片等;及自然的各種聲音,如風雷雨浪火山沼澤、鳥兒與鯨魚唱歌、交通工具的噪音、心跳聲親吻聲和脈衝星……;以及55種地球語言的祝福,其中一位女性用普通話說道「各位都好吧,我們都很想念你們,有空請到這兒來玩」;亦挑選來自不同文化及年代的音樂構成90分鐘的歌曲,包括中國古樂伯牙的「流水」和Chuck Berry的「Johnny B. Goode」。

在這張金唱片中「地球之聲」的一部分聲音紀錄中,包括了一段摩斯電碼為一句拉丁文諺語:ad astra per aspera。意為「Through Hardships to the Stars」,——穿越險阻,奔向群星。

這張金唱片已被NASA上傳至網絡,讓我們都能體驗到這份時間膠囊,且心中知曉這張原版唱片此刻正遨遊於太空中的某處,——在奔向1.6光年外、需要40,000年後到達位於鹿豹星座的Gliese445星的旅行者號上。

這張金唱片亦成為官純創作新繪畫系列「Interstellar Voyager」時的靈感和循環播放的音樂,並聯合好友陶瓷創作人儲揚,呈現於多種陶瓷製品之上。藝術家將對於浩瀚星空的幻想,及對於宇宙終極秘密的渴望,都燒製進了陶瓷之中。陶瓷,作為中國最重要的傳統工藝,已延續數千年。也因此,官純希望此陶瓷系列,若能留下星點碎片,有朝一日被宇宙中的外星高智慧生物或未來的人類於塵土中發現時,能瞭解此時的普通人類,亦充滿藝術感、幽默與善意。

The phonograph Voyager Golden Records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, contain sounds and images to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. 

The record contains 115 images plus a calibration image to portray the earth and the human being such as photos of various creatures, chart of math physics chemistry and biology, DNA constituents and X-ray etc, and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, rain, thunder, volcanoes, mud pots, and animal sounds including the songs of birds and whales, and the noise of vehicles, heartbeats and kiss, even pulsar…; and spoken greetings in 55 languages, such as a female voice speaking “How’s everyone? We all very much wish to meet you, if you’re free please come and visit” in mandarin. The record additionally features 90-min musical selections from different cultures and eras, including “Flowing Streams” by Bo Ya from ancient China and “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.

Included within the Sounds of Earth audio portion of the Golden Record is a track containing the message “PER ASPERA AD ASTRA” in Morse Code. Translated from Latin proverb, it means, Through Hardships to the Stars. 

The audio contents of Golden Records have been uploaded to Soundcloud.com, therefore we can experience this time capsule, and know that somewhere out there the records are traveling currently carried by the Voyager spacecraft which is heading toward within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, in about 40,000 years.

As an artist and illustrator, Guan Chun was inspired by Golden Records and listened to the tracks over and over again when drawing her new series of artworks “Interstellar Voyager”, and held a crossover project with her friend ceramic artist Chu Yang and presented on ceramics which were fired with artist’s imagination of the stars, and the desire of exploring the ultimate secrets of the cosmos. Chinese Ceramics show a continuous development since thousands years ago, and are one of the most significant forms of Chinese art. Therefore, Guan Chun hopes that if some pieces of this ceramics series were found by any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or future humans in the dust, they will know the artistic feelings, humorous and good will of a ordinary human.

陶瓷創作人儲揚,官純的好朋友,在景德鎮生活工作多年,擅長以陶瓷為介質,創作獨特風格的字體與圖形。。。介紹。

手工,介紹。

通過與好友的合作,官純嘗試將自己的插畫呈現於更豐富的載體,並創造更多的生活之美與喜悅。無論杯、碟、碗還是花瓶,每一款陶瓷製品,對應每一幅插畫中,官純都講述了一顆小星球,或是宇宙中的一個小故事。

正如前美國總統卡特的錄音:

“This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. 

We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe.”

“这是来自一个渺小而遥远的世界的礼物,它表现了我们的声音、我们的科学、我们的影像、我们的音乐、我们的思想和我们的感情。我们正试图在我们这个时代生存下去,以便我们也许能到達你們的时代。

我們希望有一天能夠解決目前所面臨的問題,加入銀河文明的大家庭。這張唱片代表了我們的希望和我們的決心,也代表了我們在這廣袤而令人敬畏的宇宙中的善意。”

This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.

This Voyager spacecraft was constructed by the United States of America. We are a community of 240 million human beings among the more than 4 billion who inhabit the planet Earth. We human beings are still divided into nation states, but these states are rapidly becoming a single global civilization.

We cast this message into the cosmos. It is likely to survive a billion years into our future, when our civilization is profoundly altered and the surface of the Earth may be vastly changed. Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some–perhaps many–may have inhabited planets and spacefaring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message:

This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe.

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