The Great Silence
Last week I visited the exhibition Making Nature in Wellcome Collection. Under the subject, it examine the relationships between human and nature. Human collect animals, put a label, re-make their body and display the result. The way we think and value life around us reflects the realisation and definition to ourself at the meanwhile.
As one one the installation in this exhibition, “The great Silence” presents three-channel videos by Allora & Calzadilla, and collaborated with science fiction author Ted Chiang on a subtitled script. The text tells a fable focusing on the world’s largest radio telescope, which transmits and captures radio waves to and from the farthest edges of the universe in attempt of finding and decoding possible messages of extraterrestrial intelligence. The location of telescope is home to an endangered species of parrots as well, ironically, aren’t them the intelligence species which are able to communicate with human? Human hold such a strong desire connecting to the unknown intelligence, the reason they don’t send any feedback might be they keep silence to ensure the safety, just like the voice of parrots disappear gradually.
While human try to touch the edge of starry sky, we didn’t pay attention that lots of lights spot died out since our unlimited desire. It is a really poetic but sad story.
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