Inertia: Speculative Fossil — April 22 – June 13

From April 22 to June 13, 2022
Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan de Montréal 4801 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

By Guillaume Pascale and the research group led by Alice Jarry (Concordia University): Brice Ammar-Khodja, Jacqueline Beaumont, Asa Perlman and Philippe Vandal, in collaboration with Ariane Plante. With the participation of Jean Dubois (UQAM).


A speculative work that crosses the disappearance of the Earth in the eye of the Voyager probes with the atmospheric and ecological situation in the east of Montreal.

1977. The two Voyager probes are launched into space to study the planets in our Solar System. Symbolically, each one carries a gold-plated copper disk bearing a message intended to represent humanity. It contains images, music, and drawings meant for a hypothetical intelligent extra-terrestrial life form.

Inertia revisits this approach on Earth using artifacts created to reflect today’s environmental challenges — they’re made of biomaterials, that is, renewable organic plant or animal matter. The work centres around a bioplastic disk that displays a binary representation of a daytime air quality status near petrochemical plants east of Montreal. This becomes the score for the first piece of music in a sequence of four composed using these data as well as the calculated distance of the Voyager probes from our planet. A series of laser-engraved biomaterial membranes and a film bear witness to this process, which suggests that in the same way that Earth is disappearing from the eye of the Voyager probes, the living conditions of the planet’s inhabitants are becoming increasingly precarious.


Vernissage and sound performance will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 starting at 6pm


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