Paratext #37 July 24, 2019 By Marzia Matarese [...] A spotlight is lit, we witness a first materialization in the western sector of this multiverse. First contact – Jeanine Verloop (exchange residence between Hangar and V2_Lab) A shiny, transparent exoskeleton waits quietly, resting on a table, perhaps a remote activation. Fragile fingers of quick touch remain immovable in a retracted and uncertain position. A voice resounds from an intercom loudspeaker: – Imagine that you have never seen a human being before. The alien perspective infiltrates among those present, gently laying on us its bluish prisms. – Their devices look all the same. Shouldn’t there be more imagination surrounding them? A laser cuts a writing device. Laser eyes outline grey hands that approach a body (of human appearance) and reconstruct it. Hands hesitating, trying to follow confusing designs: files decrypted by archaeologists of the future, collected on hard disks of transparent methacrylate.
Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools. Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space.