Description This exhibition is comprised of two sound-oriented works, whose subject matter is derived from the Golden Records that were affixed to the Voyager spacecrafts in 1977. The records contain a collection of images and sounds that were chosen by a committee led by Carl Sagan, to represent life on Earth. Should any spacefaring being come in contact with the probe, the record will be presented as a gift. Or, more likely, it simply serves as a time capsule, illustrating to the people of Earth the varied cultures that existed. The works focus even more closely on one track in particular- “Life Signs”, a recording of the vital signs of Ann Druyan, who speculated that intelligent life might be able to translate brainwave patterns into thoughts. The movements in her brain, heart, and muscles were charted during an hour long meditation. The levitating turntable in the center of the room, hovers in the air as the cactus plays the sounds of one woman’s thoughts through a paper cone. A portion of her EEG has been transcribed onto the wall with golden wire, a structure that can be played and will evolve throughout the course of the exhibition.
Bio Stephanie Simek is actively creating works in various media, from electronics and sound to performance and installation, with an arching focus on positivity, empowerment, and coexistence. In addition to these works, Stephanie designs a line of wearable accessories using unusual materials and forms. Her unique collection can be found in publications, exhibitions, and shops worldwide. Stephanie is originally from New Jersey, where she studied visual art at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.