We Came In Peace For All Mankind. 2000. C print,
PVC, CD, CD reader, amplifier and sound speaker. 175 x 175 x 5 cm
This artwork is based on the record We Came in Peace for All Mankind. The sound
is played backwards and the cover is printed in negative, plus a Photoshop effect
in order to make the astronauts look like aliens. The cover was enlarged to
171 x 171 cm.
A sound speaker was placed on Buzz Aldrin’s and it plays the backwards sound track.
We Came in Peace for All Mankind is a record edited in 1970, directed and produced by Multimedia Communications Division of Doubleday & Co., Inc. in association with Cinema/Sound Ltd. Written by William Hines and read by Peter Thomas. This record tell us the story of the Apollo 11 space travel and the political movements who made possible the moon landing in July 1969. We can ear the sounds of the men and the machines who made possible this adventure as well the stories behind it. The words of Peter Thomas and the interviews, speeches, statements, radio transmissions of the following historical personages: President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, NASA Administrator Thomas O. Paine, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, Edward White, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, James Lovell, Frank Borman, John Yong, William Anders, Thomas Stafford, Eugene Cernan astronauts, and the Apollo 11 crew Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin.
If there was inhabitants on the moon and they came to visit the Earth they will look so strange as the imploded and negative image of the Apollo 11 crew and is message will sound imperceptive as this record played backwards. As a matter of fact, for me, English played backwards sounds like Russian.