Can you hear me?

ART ESSAY

72 secs of sounds from space.

Words by & artwork by Rebekka Platt


Can You Hear Me? is an enigmatic low-fi science fiction dance performance/sculpture inspired by the 1977 Wow! Signal. The Wow! Signal was a 72-second radio transmission detected from space on August 15, 1977 and is speculated as evidence for alien life attempting to communicate with us.

Visually mysterious; a green dancer hides inside a metallic tinfoil jellyfish/spacesuit, subtly awakening shifting beneath the strands of foil which creates an indefinable noise until finally beckoning the audience to come closer.

[description of the scene]

 

(Down an alleyway between two sets of terraced houses. The atmosphere is dense, like when a storm is imminent. You see an odd shape -it doesn’t look right, contrasting against the bushes & brick. A shiny metallic shell, not unlike a mechanical jellyfish. Beneath the tentacles, you see a green humanoid. As you move closer the object begins to move, you suspect attempting some form of communication.)

 

it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

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it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

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it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

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it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

it moves. tentacles rippling and cracking in its wind.

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what looks like its head tilts. slowly down towards its

feet. undulating tentacles delicately smacking. the shell

glistens, emanating tiny sprinkles of light around me.

still bent over. it violently shakes. before slowly

reversing back from its ominous bow.

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its jumping, fast and short, the tendrils reaching,

grasping, screaming out from the green body beneath.

a small green thing emerges from the shell, growing.

a hand. opening, gesturing, beckoning me to come closer.

then it is gone. the hand returns back inside the odd suit.

it’s over.

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Rebekka Platt is a dance artist, fascinated by exploring unconventional stories and the intersection between different arts forms to create unique artistic experiences.

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