| Awaiting Transmission
31/10/08 – 05/11/08
E. F. Stevens
We invited the artistE.F. Stevens, who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado, USA, to produce a phone-based piece for our AHRC project this winter, as a series of short, texts to create an artist’s book in five instalments (plus afterword).
Her practice includes artists’ books, installation, video and phone text-based works, and this short piece was written and sent by her in 160 character installments to people who responded to her offer of the free transmissions, for 6 days from 31st October 2008.E.F. Stevens has allowed us to also upload the texts here after the event for viewing as part of the project archive.
It’s 25 years since the oil ran out, but now we have power you’d think someone would have produced some paper again. I’d love to touch some to see how it feels.
Casey said there used to be a library here on 12th St, so I had to check it out and – look on your screen – I found an old date-stamper, shall I bring it back?
Imagine if we found enough parts to rebuild one! Although how would we show people how it worked if there’s nothing to copy on it and nothing to feed into it?
I can’t believe we’re going to see a real book! You don’t think the BRU might get to her first? No, not unless their v-monitors picked up on her transmission.
If we made more and got people to read again we could start a whole new way of thinking. Hey, was that someone at the window, who’s out there? Hello? Hello? …
The BRU actively searched, using dubious methods to procure and sell books covertly to help recoup the huge oil-war debts. It was officially disbanded in 2039.