Facsimile, at Villa Aurelia


Facsimile: “we need not destroy the past—it is gone”
2012: 15m long thermal fax paper

This quote is from John Cage, who was the inspiration of the Nuova Consonanza Festival 2012. As it penetrates the walls of Villa Aurelia, Facsimile aims to echo his vision. It explores the porosity of opulent spatiality as it is “caged” in timelessness. The facsimile seemingly penetrates windows and walls to occupy the moment, marking noise, silence and harmony within.

“Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time”
by T.S. Eliot are words that more specifically express the creative intent of this piece as they remind us that the fax stands for the futile attempt to overcome the obsolescence of the moment, and its thoughts.