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Message in the Sky is a crowd-sourced public participatory project that pools together the hopes and dreams of our time to map the landscape of our collective human aspiration. Portraying diverse voices around the world, the envisioned project is a time capsule that tells the stories of today, so that we can imagine the future together. This project allows the public to cast their hopes and dreams into the sky, both symbolically and literally. Through a database-driven web interface, either input as text-based messages or recorded spoken word, messages can be read/heard in the context of the real-time sky map. Additionally, a goal of the project is also to encode the messages and ultimately broadcast them into space using high-powered signals from earth.


We now stand at a moment of critical transformation and potent possibility. It is our creative intent, as human aspiration, which carries us forward. Fundamental changes are needed to sustain our communities, and our values, into the future. But, what is fundamental to us, and what constitutes our values? If we understand the landscape of human aspiration, perhaps it can help us navigate treacherous terrain we are faced with. Message in the Sky, as a global project, seeks to offers a vital platform where human aspiration can come together; dreams can stand side by side, and hope is visible.


Through two historical projects greatly influenced the imagination of this project: the 1974 Arecibo Message directed by Carl Sagan and A Message from Earth in 2008, the imagined scale of this project is unprecedented in human history.

 

In 2014, Message in the Sky was piloted in Dubai during the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA 2014). In 2015, the project was brought to the desert community of Joshua Tree.

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Dubai, UAE 2014Dubai.html

Nicknamed the City of Gold by Jim Krane - a longtime reporter for the Associated Press in the Persian Gulf region, Dubai is a city of lavish dreams. From ambitious architecture projects, to largest artificial islands in the world, underwater hotels, and luxury shopping malls ...        >read more

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Mauna Kea, USA 2017

Mauna Kea is a volcano that stands 13,796 feet above sea level. To Hawaiians, the top of Mauna Kea is the pinnacle of prayer, where Papa and Wakea meet. It is at the center of a debate between astronomers, Native Hawaiians, and environmental advocates.

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Joshua Tree, USA 2015

At Joshua Tree, Message in the Sky collaborates with storyteller Yi-Ping to present a tapestry of hopes and dreams in America’s frontier. The public is invited to send a message into the deep space.


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Taipei, Taiwan 2016

Taipei is a city that never sleeps. It is a city with an eclectic mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences. As the capital of Taiwan, it has a population of 2.6 million. Message in the Sky will join the lunar new year celebration in Taipei in 2016.

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