PASTFUTURE/FUTUREPAST

The festival weekend will be held at the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve, the grounds of which look very much like the lunar surface. Fossils from 380 million years ago can be found everywhere. This setting will be the stage for this year's festival, focusing on our historical, present, and future communication with the universe, in the form of the various eras of geologic time and ways in which gravitational and electromagnetic waves serve as communicators between the past, present, and future. Musicians, choreographers, and dancers have spent the year learning about sound, electromagnetic, and gravitational waves and developed strategies to perform these waves as music and movement. In the parallel to this process, they also learned about previous attempts at interstellar communication with the universe via the Golden Record and Arecibo Message and then created their own original messages.