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listening ; the trace of our passage

‘The trace of our passage’ asks the questions: why do potential futures always include humans? Why can we not stop being egoistic and consider, simply, our extinction? The installation is composed of a short science fiction novel, a memorial and a video.

Vibrations are used as a relic of civilizations. They unify all on Earth as everything perceives it – you, a tree, and a cloud of gas. It then seemed an accurate way to transcend human perspectives.

It has been developed in collaboration with designer Tania Phuong and took place during the Uncut Festival 2020 at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Complete presentation available here.
Collective exhibition visible online here.

; the video

Please listen with headphones for a complete experience. Soundtrack ‘Korīs’ has been created by Roxas.

The video transcends the viewer into a tangible scenario by using contrasting visuals and a confronting viewpoint. It contained two opposed moments: the chaos of the extinction and the calm after human annihilation.

; the memorial

The memorial is a window (2,5 x 2,5 meters) of burned wood and covered with a sound-proof fabric. Inside, a rusted metal plate is suspended with small rocks on top. The novel is hanging aside on a fragile cloth.

Through an exciter, the plate is transformed into a speaker and display the score of civilizations. It makes the rocks vibrate to the symphony of past memories.

; the score

We started with a pragmatic analysis of civilizations, to understand why and how humans have lived and died. It has created a rhythm. The score stands as a trace of what humans were like and resonates endlessly. It tells the story of humanity without words, transcending its disappearance.

Our research retraces the history of humans, from -6 million years ago to today. We divided it vertically into 4 time-periods, and vertically into 5 continents.