“…the entire universe lies inside one of the stone pillars that ring its central court… No one, of course, can actually see it, but those who lay an ear against the surface tell that after some short while they perceive its busy hum…” – Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph.
Only Everything Lasts Forever is an audio composition featuring every human audible sound that the MP3 audio format is capable of generating at the standard mono sampling rate of 64kbps.
Fed by a random number generator, the code that constructs this maximalist composition is 28 kilobytes, or about half the size of the average email, while its total duration is approximately 10^450 years.
For comparison, the current age of the universe is estimated to be 1.31x109 years old, and its lifespan is thought to be in the range of 3x109, both miniscule fractions of the duration of Only Everything Lasts Forever; the number a “googol”, which was chosen by the eponymous search engine [sic] to signify the informational vastness of the Internet, is only 10^100.
For this installation audio projects out of the wall. You put your ear onto the wall in the center of the square to hear the work.
Aranda\Lasch and Casey Reas "Primitives (This Could be an Extraordinary Find)", 2013 steel, plexiglass, LEDs, microcontrollers 27 x 32 x 24” / 68.6 x 81.3 x 61 cm series of 3, 1 AP
Evoking the atmosphere of a research station of communications hub, light pulsates within mirrored cavities. The sculpture’s three-dimensionality continually dissolves and reappears as the geometric surface reacts to emitted light. The illuminated patterns are transmitted and distorted across the network, as the light bounces to create infinite spatial configurations. This collaborative project furthers ideas generated by Aranda\Lasch and Reas on their 2012 set design for Yeasayer.