Where is Everybody? An Existential Art Piece

There’s a concept in the field of astronomy known as “Fermi’s Paradox”, or else, “The Great Silence”. It’s based on a very simple question––where is everybody? In a universe with billions of stars, with billion more planets, why haven’t we found a single instance of life outside our planet? Ted Chiang’s “The Great Silence” plays off this question. Written from the point of view of a parrot, it laments our neglect of own intelligence that may be on Planet Earth in favor of extraterrestrial life. With this piece, I wanted to visually express that obsession with aliens and finding our place in the universe, as well as our own blindness to our own planet and the intelligence it may harbor.

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