Thursday, June 25, 2009

the longest story ever

american conceptual artEEst jonathon keats has concealed a nine word story on the cover of opium magazine that will take 1,000 years to read. each of the nine words is masked beneath varying amounts of blank ink. overtime, ultraviolet light from the sun will burn away the black ink overlays, revealing the forbidden text below at a rate of one word per century. the work of art speaks to the postmodern world and our increasing reliance on synopses, the fastforward button, hyperlinks, etc. keats explains:

“like most people, i live my life in a rush, consuming media on the run. that may be fine for reading the average blog but something essential is lost when ingesting words is all about speed. my thousand-year story is an antidote. given the printing process i’ve used, you can’t take in more than one word per century. that’s even slower than reading proust."

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