Last week, I explained what my concept is, and showed a sketch for what I envisioned the execution to look like. Upon sharing that work with the class, I've since been given some suggestions and returned to the drawing board, in an attempt to refine what this project may become.
As far as other ideas go, I've been thinking about slight variations of my original execution:
Isolating the Elements
A few students have suggested that I place greater emphasis on the discovery and rediscovery of the various things on display. One idea is to place these items in separate containers, possibly marked in binary or pictorial graphics. This would entice visitors to examine each element in its own regard, be it a texture, smell, image, sound, or written message. They might also be able to add their own contributions, although this might be logistically challenging.
A Human Element
I could create a secondary display that compliments the original space probe idea. The display could be a suggestion of a human, either in the form of a poster or a sculpture. Regardless, visitors would be encouraged to choose elements from the probe and place them on the human, in a collaborative attempt to create what we believe to be defining aspects of our humanity.
Sending Out the Message
This area is still a little rough, but whatever people deem valuable could be photographed, collectively donated and installed somewhere in the school, sent up in a small model rocket, or some other outlet. It becomes difficult, however, if I end up literally sending things up into the sky, because I've severely limited by what I can afford to lose and possibly break (e.g., I would never send up a $400 iPad). I've also been toying with the idea of transmitting this image into the sky using a laser and binary/morse code. Additionally, I've thought about utilizing a project like Lone Signal, a crowdfunded group that sends images and text messages into space for very little money.
This aspect of the project is certainly the most challenging, because I want visitors to really feel convinced that their ideas are valued.
In other news, I received a couple of emails from professionals and experts, one of whom is the director of Earth Tapestry, the project I've mentioned in the past. We had a brief exchange through email, and I plan to conduct a Skype call with him in about a week's time. It will be great to hear from someone whose project is also about sourcing people's opinions on significant aspects of our world.
By next week, I need to make sure I'm set on what my execution will be; I have to create something in the end, after all. I also hope to continue sourcing answers for my "big question," because everyone has an opinion on what is worth representing us.