Designed specifically for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, An Hour of Infinity is part of my ongoing body of work investigating the timelessly beautiful imperfection inherent within the human experience of the Infinite. 

Eight drawing performers were spread throughout the museum’s permanent collection. They drew circles in the Dynastic Egypt gallery on the ground floor, and lemniscates (the “figure eight” symbol for infinity) in the Roman gallery on the second floor. These performers attempted to represent the symbols for infinity accurately, but constantly made mistakes due to the nature of the unusual drawing process they were asked to execute.

Two surround sound installations used sounds recorded in the Kelsey Museum as their source material: the Egyptian gallery played sounds of footsteps on a creaky wooden floor in the original Kelsey Museum building, while the ancient Roman temple reconstruction on the second floor played sounds of drawers being opened and closed in the Kelsey’s off-limits basement archives. 

Two musicians performed site-specific, hour-long scores: a score for guitar and electronic effects used reproduced paintings from a mysterious room in the ancient city of Pompeii as its source material, while the other score - for unaltered violin - repurposed the inscriptions of gibberish text on an ancient Babylonian incantation bowl as graphic notation. 

By providing a series of fixed sonic points in time while foregrounding the active sounds of history that reverberated throughout the museum, this event challenged the members of the audience to analyze their own relationships with museums and with the experience of time itself.

Pre-order the Exhibition Catalog

The Hours of Infinity catalog will be published on March 23rd, 2012. It will be available for purchase at the site-specific performance An Hour of Infinity taking place that evening at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

If you are unable to attend, you can pre-order the 64-page, perfect bound 8”x8” exhibition catalog. Filled with high resolution plate photography of all 23 drawings in the series along with previously unseen photographs from the making of the exhibitions and performance, the catalog is designed and written by artist John Kannenberg and features a foreward by sonic arts critic Marc Weidenbaum and an introduction by Egyptologist T.G. Wilfong. 

Pre-order now!

The catalog is $15US including shipping. Catalogs will ship after they are released on March 23rd, 2012.

Slideshow of photos from the making of “One Hundred Hours of Infinity”

Recording of a thunderstorm during hour seven of an eight hour circle drawing.

'Completely true to nature!' – what a lie:
How could nature ever be constrained into a picture?
The smallest bit of nature is infinite!
And so he paints what he likes about it.
And what does he like? He likes what he can paint!
— Nietzsche

Recording of a lecture by Terry Wilfong of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and myself discussing the varieties of sonic experience in museums, and the possibility of sounds becomimg collectable museum objects.

Part of the University of Michigan Museum Studies Program’s Cross Currents series.

Download the lecture podcast here.

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC (”

Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou discuss the making of their new graphic novel LOGICOMIX, the story of modern mathematics’ epic quest for truth.

Read about the LOGICOMIX graphic novel here.