Inspired by the Golden Records sent into space on the 1977 Voyager expedition, Forever Now unleashed an open and international call for submissions to create a new Golden Record for the 21st Century. Forever Now was directed by Willoh S. Weiland with co-curators Brian Ritchie, Jeff Kahn and Thea Baumann with contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn.

As part of the call out for submissions, a series of events took place in Melbourne and Sydney. The official project launch took place at the National Library of NSW as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) with a performance by Brian Ritchie’s band The Break.

To kick off World Space Week, APHIDS had a special celebration with performances by Brian Ritchie (Mona Foma/Violent Femmes) and speeches by the Forever Now curators and Rosemary Joy (World Space Week National Coordinator – Australia / APHIDS General Manager) A Space Party at Kings ARI with space themed food for emerging artists wrapped up the series of events with a discussion forum led by Forever Now project director Willoh S. Weiland.

Forever Now was supported by the Forever Now was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Culture Triennial Program and the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund

State Library of New South Wales
15 June

Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts
3 October

Kings ARI
28 October

Image Heidrun Lohr

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.