The Fermi paradox is a conflict between the argument that scale and probability seem to favour intelligent life being common in the universe, and the total lack of evidence of intelligent life having ever arisen anywhere other than on Earth. In collaboration with Lisa Zhang, we created an immersive interactive installation to explore our loneliness as an intelligent species. Do alien civilizations exist? Where are they? Why can't we hear them?
When you look at the stars sparkling at the night sky, you may want to ask.
Even if intelligent life occurs on only a minuscule percentage of planets around these stars, there might still be a great number of extant civilizations, and if the percentage were high enough it would produce a significant number of extant civilizations in the Milky Way. But where is everybody?
In the summer of 1950 at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi also asked this question to his co-workers in a casual lunchtime conversation. Thus, Fermi Paradox refers to the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability.
So we started our journey by exploring existing theories about Fermi Paradox. There are many different explanations like the rarity of intelligent life, evolutionary explanations, sociological explanations, economic explanations and so on.
Statement 1: Aliens widely exist in this university.
Statement 2: They already sent messages to the Earth.
Statement 3: We just can't understand them.
Now we have our theme, how might we show our idea to the visitors in this new media art gallery? Photography, video, painting or installation?
After researching some great new media artworks worldwide, we decided to use lights, sounds, and visual effects to create an immersive experience.