Thru 29 April 2012
On Kawara’s One Million Years is an ongoing epic work conceived by the artist in 1969, documenting the passage of chronological time. This 20-volume work is a typewritten record of one million years – Past and Future. Biblical in scale, each volume contains 2,068 pages. Past is dedicated to “all those who have lived and died” and Future is “for the last one”.
This exhibition is a unique opportunity for you to read from the work, and participate in the extraordinary project to complete a public reading of the entire One Million Years. This is only the second time live readings have taken place in the UK.
The first reading of One Million Years took place in 1993 at Dia Center for the Arts in New York. Since then live readings have been performed across the world, with a man and a woman alternating the reading of Past and Future dates together. Each new reading continues in numerical order from the previous session, until all the years are read.
For the exhibition at BALTIC we are looking for men and women to read in 90-minute slots together. Each day, four time slots are available, for the duration of the two-month exhibition. You can participate in one session, or even come back regularly to continue reading. If you want to read with a friend of the opposite gender, you can book slots together.
One Million Years enables us to grasp time itself in the physical act of reading the dates aloud. It powerfully condenses our entire human history to only a few pages, and an average human life to a few lines.
“I read happily, without thought, without time or worry. I think about how art has long sought to vanquish time, stretch it, crawl inside it. In One Million Years, Kawara allows us to muse about duration and life. The weeks pass, life goes on, but I keep returning to watch and read.” Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine
Co-curated by AV Festival and BALTIC.
Mon-Sun: 10:00-18:00 Except Tue 10:30-18:00
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art. BALTIC has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events that give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice. BALTIC’s dynamic, diverse and international programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community.