plitsch knaster psssh (2018) archives Earth’s onomatopoeia for future generations who might grow up on other planets.
Part of the Moon Gallery: a gallery of a 100 artists making 1x1x1cm works, which is intended to be put on the moon as soon as 2022.

“plitsch knaster psssh” collects words that imitate sounds unique to the Earth (like “splash”, “chirp” or “bow-wow!”) in different languages of different cultures and beams them out in morse code. In this way, these sounds are preserved for future generations who might not grow up on our planet and might not know the sounds of planet Earth. The work uses the iOS app Light Conversation by René Christen from Code on Canvas to translate the morse code.

How we as humans escribe the sounds of our surroundings says a lot about the places that we live, our culture, and what we consider important. The choices we make of what sounds sounds we represent in language, as well as how, tell a lot about how we experience our environment. “plitsch knaster psssh” collects onomatopoeia and stores them in a 1x1x1cm cube as Morse codes, being transmitted with a flashing light. One is able to read these pulses of light back into text from a great distance, using a smartphone.

Shown at:
European Space Agency ESTEC - December 2018
Space Expo Noordwijk - December 2018 until March 2019