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The project #TalkingToTheUniverse by artist Sophie Usunier
feels like a game, as often happens in the world of art.

Sophie invites us to transform our words into light, and the houses we live into displays open to the street. It doesn’t take much: a lamp and Morse code. Light, which embodies a natural power of communication, is the medium through which people’s voices silently take shape.

With #TalkingToTheUniverse, Sophie Usunier encourages us to be part of an idea, with an honest open call to take part in the conversation, launched symbolically by Flos, a brand whose heritage is all about light, which believes in this initiative to support creativity, culture, and social togetherness.

#TalkingToTheUniverse invites us to reflect on the current time and historical moment, which began in March 2020 as the world found itself facing a pandemic for which the only known cure is human isolation. A moment of impasse, where the world finds itself confined at home. Physical, spatial, social, and emotional confinement.
In response to this, the French artist has identified a method that allows her to continue expressing herself communicating with others.


Sophie outlines, diverts, decontextualizes objects, gestures and what is part of our everyday life. She speaks of the epidermis as a physical limit, from limited space to infinite space, as an attempt to meet oneself through the other, to create a breach.
From our perception to the interpretation of things, from the relationship with the other to that with the world to non-verbal language, Sophie engages herself
in communication, relations. She intertwines invisible threads, she weaves them to give body, to create a connection, therefore, to compose a form of unity.
To make people dance, to make human whistles, to encode the morse language to pass messages, to reduce newspapers into corianders, to walk slowly, very slowly, to stay silent, to make experiences, thinking that everything is developing… together.


Talking to the Universe


“Morse code is an ante litteram form of digital communication. However, unlike modern binary codes that use only two states (commonly represented with 0 and 1), Morse code uses five: dot (•), dash (—), short interval (between dots and dashes that form the same letter), medium interval (between letters) and long interval (between words).” [Ref: Wikipedia.]

A dash is equal to three dots (leave the light on while counting 3 dots).
The interval within a single letter is one dot.
The interval between each letter is 3 dots.
The space between two words is 7 dots.

Talking to the Universe

#TalkingToTheUniverse is a game for all the family, which can be shared with neighbours or the people living opposite; it is an opportunity to socialize, have fun and reconnect with the outside world, our neighbours, passers-by, and family members. All you need is a lamp and the international Morse code alphabet.

It’s a game designed to entertain children and show them the power and importance of light and Morse code. It is also a game for adults, allowing them to rediscover their inner child. Write anything you want, spread words of love, courage, joy and even words to remember those who are no longer with us. We can use the energy of light to shout out everything that is inside us to the world.

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It is a simple way to stay at home but at the same time to go out and spread magic and creativity.




Creative Production Company: C41

Artist: Sophie Usunier
Executive Producer: Barbara Guieu
Creative Producer: Alessandro De Agostini
Creative Director: Leone Balduzzi
C41 Magazine Editorial and Creative Director: Luca A. Caizzi
C41 Magazine Head of Content: Riccardo Fantoni Montana
Art Project Coordinator: Rossana Ciocca #artcitylab

Music: Gianluca Di Ienno “Pianologues” ©️ MU74 – 2020

↳ Leone
↳ Massimiliano Bomba
↳ Iacopo Carapelli
↳ Luca A. Caizzi and Francesca Pavoni
↳ Beatrice Lebrun
↳ Vittoria Elena Simone


PUBLISHED ON 29 May 2020

Vittoria joined the conversation.




Luca and Francesca joined the conversation.


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