2004-2040

A 36 YEARS RECORDING OF LIFE

 

 

Every morning Frigo reads through the headlines of a world news website searching for casualties. The selected headlines are later transcribed in braille characters using a very simple grammatical structure: (Something) kills (a number) in (a country). Such transcriptions are made on a word document which is meant to be reproduced on a 1200 by 225 mm embossed panel corresponding to approximately a month of casualties. Each embossed panel is installed in 1 of 12 45.5 meter-long corridor. The embossed panels function as the handrails of these corridors. Over twenty the number of casualties is approximated. On average 12 news of casualties are recorded every month.

Plaque of casualities month number 120 Braille of casualties as installed for a viewing in 2016 Location of the braille plaques in the final museum

Following is an example of the casualties collected in month number 135: "SINKING KILLS THIRTY IN LIBYA EARTHQUAKE KILLS HUNDREDS IN IRAN SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS TEN IN YEMEN FLOOD KILLS FIFTEEN IN GREECE STAMPEDE KILLS FIFTEEN IN MOROCCO SUBMARINE ACCIDENT KILLS FORTY IN ARGENTINA ATTACK KILLS HUNDREDS IN EGYPT SINKING KILLS THIRTY IN LIBYA AIR STRIKE KILLS TWENTY IN SYRIA CLASHES KILL FOURTEEN IN HONDURAS ATTACK KILLS FIFTEEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO SUICIDE BOMB KILLS SEVENTEEN IN SOMALIA TRAIN CRASH KILLS SIX IN FRANCE"[42]

In an exhibition context the embossed panels are completely in the dark, only readable through touch. The only light comes from the screens of drawings of ideas standing on the opposite side (see work number 11). Thus, while the embossed panels contain tragic content, the drawings display in total darkness ironic content, creating a remarkable contrast. As a performance, Frigo has envisioned a blind person to read the otherwise indecipherable casualties aloud. According to Frigo the news of casualties emerges from the otherwise gossip-saturated and fake news oriented media. The search for casualties, particularly from third world countries, is a difficult task yet typhoons, wars, suicide bombs, hurricanes and other forms of more or less natural calamities, strike the earth more or less regularly and unexpectedly.