The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records that were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Neither Voyager spacecraft is heading toward any particular star, but Voyager 1 will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, in about 40,000 years.
The Voyager Golden Record contains 115 images plus a calibration image and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, and thunder, and animal sounds, including the songs of birds and whales. The record additionally features musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. The items were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.
This Félix called armchair is equipped with a character defining metal pergola arch, that helps to divide the outer from the inner space, without scarifying on visibility. The designer Christian Vivanco got the inspiration for the metal structure from the architectural arch types, that were popular in Mexico in the 50′s. This gives the armchair, that is supposed to be used indoors and out doors its timeless yet modern style.
“President Kennedy inspired a generation that transformed America. They marched for justice, they served in the Peace Corps, in the inner cities, in outer space. His brothers carried on that work, fighting against poverty, violence and war, championing human rights, healthcare and immigration.” - Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
“But while my grandfather had reverence for the past and lessons it could impart, he also knew that America was a country where change was possible, where we aren’t bound solely by tradition, if we understand the past with which we are breaking.” - Tatiana Schlossberg
“I’m inspired by my grandfather’s sense of equality, his courage in naming the injustices in American society, and his call for action. His words and his ideals mean so much to me and to the world we live in today. But we are still faced with tremendous inequality and injustice, from voting rights to our criminal justice system and mass incarceration. My grandfather would be proud of how far we’ve come as a nation since 1963, but he’d have been the first to tell us that we have a long way to go.” - Rose Schlossberg
“From that speech at Rice, and from the space program he helped launch, we can learn a simple but important lesson. Great challenges are opportunities, and it is each generation’s responsibility to meet those challenges with the same combination of energy, faith and devotion that President Kennedy and his contemporaries displayed decades ago.” - Jack Schlossberg
Andy Warhol and Jean-Luc Godard both manufactured, and used, celebrities in their films. Godard’s casting often set a character as a thing in quotations, appropriating them from the image of factories of Hollywood. Warhol created celebrities by casting the poets, drag queens, socialites and hustlers populating his Factory, people “performing themselves,” often already a quotation of movie genre - be it queer motorcycle habit, glamour queens, or movie stars - a kind of estranged copy of a copy. Not the least of these was Edie Sedgwick, her shorn blond hair and pixie physique an acute mimicry of Jean Seberg’s chracter in Breathless (À bout de Souffle), whose questions, “Do women have a role to play in modern society?” echoes through both Outer and Inner Space and Numero Deux. Edie, looking at herself, stretching time through various postures and attitudes, is a kind of latent Jean Seberg. Edie is positioned, serialized, reframed - women are an image, a thing to be looked at, a reproducible image in a factory of images. Warhol, an artist whose continual engagement with portraiture and the multiple, creates a multiplication of Edie’s image within an image, an extended noir mirror-scene where the “real” Edie is undecipherable amongst all her reflections, the frames within frames.
Caroline Kennedy says a day hasn’t gone by without her thinking about her father, late President John F. Kennedy.
“I’ve thought about him and miss him every day of my life,” Kennedy, 59, said in a video released on the eve of what would of been his 100th birthday. “But growing up without him was made easier thanks to all the people who kept him in their hearts, who told me that he inspired them to work and fight and believe in a better world, to give something back to this country that has given so much to so many.”
Caroline Kennedy, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan during President Barack Obama’s second term, is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She was just 5 years old when her father was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
“I remember hiding under my father’s Oval Office desk when he was little and sitting on his lap on the Honey Fitz,” she said, referring to the presidential yacht. “He would point out the white shark and the purple shark that always followed the boat, although I never could quite see them. He said they especially like to eat socks and would have his friends throw their socks overboard, which I loved.”
“President Kennedy inspired a generation that inspired America,” she continued. “They marched for justice, they served in the Peace Corps, in the inner cities, in outer space. His brothers carried on that work, fighting against poverty, violence and war, championing human rights, health care and immigration. As my father said in his inaugural address, this work will not be finished in our lifetime. It’s up to us to continue to pass these values on to our children and grandchildren.”
Caroline Kennedy’s three children also appear in the video, which was produced by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
“One of the defining relationships in my life is with someone I’ve never met: my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy,” Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg said. “It’s a little odd to be connected to someone you don’t know, especially when everyone else has access to much of the same information about him that you do.”
“President Kennedy was elected on a platform of challenges, not promises,” Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson, said. “Not for what he would offer the American people as president, but what he would ask of them. My favorite speech is the one President Kennedy gave at Rice University, where he makes the case for sending a man to the moon. He said that challenge was worthwhile not because it would be easy, but because it would be so hard.”
“My generation will inherit a complicated world with countless unsolved problems,” he continued. “Climate change is just one of them, but it’s the type of challenge I think my grandfather would have been energized about and eager to solve.”
“I’m inspired by my grandfather’s sense of equality, his courage in naming the injustices in American society and his call for action,” Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s other granddaughter, said. “His words and his ideals mean so much to me and to the world we live in today. But we are still faced with tremendous inequality and injustice — from voting rights to our criminal justice system and mass incarceration. My grandfather would be proud home far we’ve come as a nation since 1963, but he would have been the first to tell us that we have a long way to go.”