Thursday, June 11, 2009
I completed my portable chalkboard, and brought it down to Columbia. I filmed the piece in the room with a larger field of vision, and this time all in white chalk on a black board, as opposed to some colored chalk on green board. I always get meditative when doing this piece. Something about the rhythm, the counting, my silence with the chalk speaking for me.
Every time I do this, the numbers change. I am still seeking 2000 x 1500 lines to create the symbolic Three Million squares, but It never comes out exactly the same. I thought that I was short about a third the first time I tried, though that was supposed to be a demo. The third time, I may have done way too many lines, but I'm not sure. This time I know that I was a little over. It is a moving analogy for me, knowing that when one makes a statistical claim that something happened to three million people, one is talking in generalizations. Plus or minus ten percent means three-hundred thousand unaccounted-for lives.