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Trade Catalogue of Everything

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The Trade Catalogue of Everything is a digital file that lists everything and anything—land, water, air, plants, animals, fragments of nature, but also the products of human culture, industry, invention and human know-how—that may be of interest to alien life. Housed in a gold USB flash memory device, the catalogue is intended for travel aboard a probe headed toward the stars beyond our solar system. Following in the footsteps of the Pioneer Plaque (1972–1973) and The Golden Record (1977), which introduced human civilization to extraterrestrials, the catalogue is an invitation for spacefaring civilizations to make contact with Earth and begin a trade relationship.
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Keywords: Art; USB; catalogue; extraterrestrials; golden; plaque; record; trade

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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  • PUBLIC is a beautifully designed peer-reviewed journal founded in Toronto as an intellectual and creative forum that focuses on how theoretical, and critical issues intersect with art and visual culture. Each issue's editors explore a contemporary theme by bringing together a unique assemblage of Canadian and international art projects with writing by scholars, curators, critics, and artists. This, along with book and exhibit reviews, creates an assemblage of artists projects and original writing on prescient contemporary themes in art and culture.
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