An Aphids project in association with Performance Space, Vitalstatistix & MONA FOMA


What should art say to infinity? Forever Now is a golden record for the 21st Century, compiled and designed by a cross-disciplinary team of artists and curators.

Forever Now unleashed a 1-year open call for submissions that concluded with the commission of original sound and audiovisual artworks. The content of the record was launched with a screening, concert and digital broadcast at MOFO in January 2015

In the footsteps of the Voyager Golden Records, sent into space in 1977 by NASA as a record of culture and science at that time, Forever Now seeks to investigate our current historical moment. It re-imagines this curatorial act as experimental, politically charged and for the first time places artists at the democratic centre of speaking on humanity’s behalf.


Project Director- Willoh S.Weiland
Curators- Brian Ritchie, Thea Baumann, Willoh S Weiland
Record Designer / Performer- Susan Cohn
Producer- Erin Milne
Web Design and Programming- Narinda Reeders and Max Wheeler, Icelab
Commercial Innovation Consultant- Tony Bonney, Podium

Associate Producer- Bek Berger
Dramaturge- James Brennan
Sound Designer/ Composer- Peter Brennan
Systems Technician- Josh Gardiner
Video Designer- Chris More
Video Editor/ Operator- Andy Lane
Costume design- Willoh S.Weiland, Katja Handt, Liz Dunn,
Costume Construction- Katja Handt
Costume Assistant- Melody Brennan
Production Assistant – Rahni Allan
Steady cam operation- Caleb Doherty
Documentation- Bryony Jackson, Scott Atkins, Jesse Hunniford

MC- George Ikediashi (Le Gateau Chocolate)
Synth- James Brennan
Drummer- Konrad Park
Bass Guitarist- Julius Schwing
Choreographer- Atlanta Eke
Performer- Wally de Backer
Performer- Amanda Palmer
Dancers- Atlanta Eke, Tristan Meecham, Liz Dunn, Timothy Walsh, Chloe Chignell, Ney Palmm, Anna Kidd, Georgia Burke, Kelly Drummond- Cawthorn, Ben Hancock

Sound design- Kelly Ryall
Live streaming- Martyn Coutts
Production Assistant- Mark Pritchard
Video- Andy Lane

Forever Now was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Culture Triennial Program.


Mona Foma, Hobart Tasmania,
18 January 2015

Images by Bryony Jackson

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.