Hieronder kunt u 3 beeldfragmenten van het concert bekijken en beluisteren.

Universum II – Augusto Meijer

This Particular Universe – Bas Bouma

De Levensboom – Arjan de Wit


Het project

De aarde is slechts één bleke blauwe pixel in de uitgestrekte ruimte op The Pale Blue Dot. De foto is gemaakt door ruimtesonde ’Voyager 1′ van achter de ringen van Saturnus in opdracht van astronoom en astrofysicus Carl Sagan.Het project The Pale Blue Dot, is een muzikale reis startend vanuit de ruimte bij de planeet Saturnus en eindigend op aarde bij de mens. Zes jonge componisten schreven samen aan een multimediaal muziekconcert, met als inspiratiebron de foto gemaakt door Voyager 1. De foto roept allerlei vragen op. Je kunt ernaar kijken met humanistische, wetenschappelijke of religieuze ogen. Wat betekent deze foto en het gedachtengoed voor de manier waarop we naar de aarde, en belangrijker nog, naar onszelf kijken? Met deze vraag in het achterhoofd, schreven de componisten ieder een stuk van 10 tot 20 minuten. Naast de muziek is een aantal componisten een samenwerking aangaan met filmmakers, beeldend kunstenaars of animatoren. Hierdoor wordt de toeschouwer meegenomen in het verhaal van de componisten en op verschillende wijzen aangezet tot reflectie over dit vraagstuk.
Over The Pale Blue Dot

Dit is wat Carl Sagan zei over de foto:
“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi this distant image of our tiny world.

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