echoes of the past, moment, time passes, what was is no more, is silver*
The phrase “echoes of the past, moment, time passes, what was no more, is silver” is a poetic fragment that suggests the passing of time and the impermanence of the past. It conveys the idea that everything changes and passes in the course of time, but that some things represented by “silver” can endure. The fragment also plays with repetition and the rhythm of the words to create a musical effect. As with any poetic expression, the meaning and interpretation of the words can vary depending on the reader’s perspective and experience.
In “echoes of the past, moment, time passes, what was no more, is silver” I use the original prints from 1993. These photographs are enlargements of the Super 8 film I took on Thursday, 4 November 1993, at 3:25 pm on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. The prints are 4×6 cm and were enlarged on Ilfospeed paper.
The film lasted a few minutes, and at a frame rate of 18 frames per second, several thousand prints were made. In autumn 1996, I used these images in my light installation entitled “the flying arrow” in Stuttgart harbour. To this day, 118 of these photographs have survived and I use them in my current project.
The poem “One moment passes” by Robert Lax was the starting point for the text about time and silver, which was created in collaboration with ChatGPT. The text was printed on a 50x70cm cardboard. On top of the printed text I mount the original prints from 1993.
These photographs are enlargements
of the Super 8 film I took on Thursday, 4 November 1993 at 3:25 pm at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. The prints are 4×6 cm and were enlarged on Ilfospeed paper. The film lasted several minutes and resulted in several thousand prints at 18 frames per second.
“The Flying Arrow”
Stuttgart – Harbour, 1996.
Material: Copper, electric motors, light, fabric, film strips.
In the autumn of 1996, I used footage from photographs I had taken with a Super 8 camera in 1993 for a light installation entitled “Flying Arrow”. I hung fifty projection wheels in the middle of an old factory building in Stuttgart harbour. The projection was on a translucent fabric that seemed to surround the light installation. The floor was covered with photographs that I had enlarged from Super 8 film. I still have 118 of these prints today, which I use in my current project “echoes of the past, moment, time passes, what was no more, is silver”.