An Excavation / A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion) (2013) – excerpt

HD video with sound
3m 15s, dimensions variable

 
In collaboration with the Acropolis Restoration Service – Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens; off-cut fragments of recently quarried, protected Pentelic marble were obtained from the work-site of the Parthenon renovation. The text of a single translation of the C.P. Cavafy poem Before the Statue of Endymion was rendered legible using the powdered marble fragments – upon a taut membrane suspended over two audio speakers. Soundwaves from the reading of an alternate translation of the same poem disrupted the visible rendering of the text. Another translation of the same poem was rendered in-place of the previous version, while another juxtaposing translation was read aloud – and so on.

Commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, for the exhibition Visual Dialogues 2013.

Read by Peter Gizzi.