A man receives a phone call from the president, during which he asks him to create a golden record that contains the soundtrack of the earth. His deadline is within six months. In 1977 ‘The Golden Record’ was launched into space by NASA, and to this day it still roams around the galaxy. The record contains a warm welcome in 55 different languages, the sound of a waterfall smashing into a rock, and the music of Bach, Beethoven and Berry (Chuck). Other than that, it also divulges the exact location of planet earth. Mankind reaches out into the darkness to shake hands with the unknown whilst immortalizing its momentarily existence.
This event makes up the theatrical framework for this one-year research project, where Robin Keyaert and Elias Vandenbroucke will research the interaction between philosophy for children, sound and silence and theatre. How can you start a philosophical conversation using a musical trigger? How do you transform these conversations into a theatrical context? Which theatrical context can best stimulate philosophical conversations? Is it possible to philosophize live on stage during a performance and how will this affect the performance? For the creation of the artistic product ensuing this project, the researchers will collaborate with theatre collective ‘More Dogs’.