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This “Off the record” project is inspired by an un-undoable wrong from the past: “The Voyager Golden Record project”

The golden record is a record composed by six Americans during a six month period. The only purpose of the record was to represent almost all of humanity. Humanity, however, was never asked if they wanted to be a part of this project. NASA has sent this record into space and now it’s only a matter of time before it will be found. Representing humanity can be considered an impossible task. If you also claim to have done this with only six Americans, in just six months, the quality of this representation can be doubted.

Until the golden record is found and proved itself, I cannot see it as anything else but a failed critical reflection of humanity. A failed version of what could have been a brilliant piece of representative advertising. Being active in advertising, this bothers me greatly.

We have not been honest towards extraterrestrials. Nor have we been honest towards ourselves.

The golden record is a project, that in its execution never should have suggested to be finished. That’s why I will finish, or unfinish what never should have been finished. I will do that here on Earth with an embassy. “Off the record Embassy”. Not intending to create a representation of humanity and prematurely send it to space. But with the intention to collect messages from individuals who wish to be represented by this embassy.

Only when we get in touch with extraterrestrials, we will consider how to deliver these messages to them. Until then, the message will stay here on Earth to guarantee its adaptability over time.

One of the most important factors to this project is the fact that it may not, and can never be finished. It cannot and may not succeed as a representation of all of humanity. Where NASA in a passive manner (hardly anyone had a say in it), created an irreversible permanent representation of a humanity who is constantly changing, I see it as my lifework to recreate this finished project into a project that can’t be finished.

Off the recordEmbassy will ask people firstly if they want to be represented by this embassy, and secondly if they would like to say something to extraterrestrials.

The embassy will travel the world collecting messages from individuals, for extraterrestrials.

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