2004-2040

A 36 YEARS RECORDING OF LIFE

 

 

Daily Frigo writes an account of his day. A journal entry is written most of the time on a text file and the following morning, it is copied and pasted in chronological order on a 36 by 75 cm page using Times New Roman font size 12 with a 15 mm margin. Each page hosts approximately the entries of a whole month and contains approximately 4.000 words. By the end of the project the estimated amount of words in Frigo's journal will be 1.800.000, which can contained in 240 meter long scroll.

Journal entries of month number 107

Uneventful days corresponds to short journal entries such as the following extract from page 131: "Yesterday I updated my project then walked in the cold and cloudy weather to the station to reach Myrthe in Amsterdam but all the trains were canceled. I then walked home and tried to use my phone to navigate the virtual presentation of my project. For lunch I ate some leftover potatoes and then plastered the walls of the attic. Myrthe came home in the afternoon and I started painting over the new plaster and installed a light. In the evening Myrthe and I rearranged the living room and then ate a vegetable soup she made. I later drew in front of a documentary showing the wildlife in the Galapagos."

While working part-time as a media art teacher and researcher at the Interactive Institute and Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, between 2004 and 2008 Frigo tried living as a farmer, planning the building of a museum to host his project in a forest near Uppsala. After a dispute with the locals, understanding their anti-immigrant sentiments, in 2009 Frigo moved to China where he taught at Tongji University. Later he moved to the United States where he worked as a project leader at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon returning to Europe, in 2014 Frigo bought a property near his native town in the Italian alps where he now plans the building of the museum.

Over the years Frigo's journaling practice became more fact based and in line with the Stoic principles described by Michel Foucault in his technology of the Self essay. In his journal entries a reader can perceive an attempt to take care of the family and the children yet always under the dark cloud of political turmoil. If on one hand then Frigo's journal is like that of Tolstojan character Princess Marya Bolkonsky centering her love in the family, on the other is like that of Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, a temporary appreciation of everyday life in the mist of social turmoil.