Edition 2023

Garush Melkonyan


In 1977, NASA launched two space probes transporting two phonograph records dubbed the “Golden Record”, containing, in coded form, documents destined for a potential extraterrestrial intelligence. Including around a hundred photographs as well as music, sounds, and speech from our planet, these documents are intended to describe as exhaustively as possible human life on Earth, and in particular, human civilization.

Cosmovisión imagines a possible follow up to this gesture of throwing a bottle into the interstellar ocean. The video displays extraterrestrial life arriving on Earth, come to meet its residents, exclusively guided by the Golden Record’s vision.

As the celestial bodies slowly take on human form, with first uncertain movements finding assurance, a kind of reconnaissance mission begins, surveying a strange, unknown landscape. Their perplexed eyes scan a vast observatory lost in the middle of the mountains, a rundown and deserted space. The “meeting” that was supposed to take place now seems impossible, as well as any understanding of the events leading up to it. The buildings, facilities, and devices they discover–traces of intense human activity and signs of an attempt to surpass Earthen bounds–are nonetheless incomprehensible to the beings, offering no clue except for the disarming, enigmatic idea that the world might have been founded in its own image.

This project is from Mondes Nouveaux, Ministry of Culture.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture