Golden Record Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominic Street, Galway Until July 30 galwayartscentre.ie
Forty years ago, the Voyager spacecrafts (there were two of them) left earth, bound for distant stars. Leaving our own solar system in 2013, it’s estimated it will be 40,000 years before they make it to their next potential landfall. These galactic explorers carried “Golden Records”, which included sounds: ocean waves, people kissing, Beethoven and Chuck Berry. Apparently The Beatles said no, for “licensing reasons” – imagining aliens infringing their copyright, perhaps? There were also encoded images, of joyful people, landscapes and mathematical equations. To celebrate the anniversary, artists including Dorothy Cross, Lucy McKenna, Paul Nugent and Jennifer Walshe have been invited to show work that might just communicate how we see ourselves today. Intriguing fun.