JOIN LITTLE VIRGIL FOR THE LAUNCH OF ITS THIRD PUBLICATION:
WE TAKE THE THEME FOR VIRGIL 03 FROM STANISLAW BARANCZAK, WHO WRITES, ‘IF TIME EXTENDS INTO THE FUTURE, THEN PERHAPS IT WOULD BE LOGICAL TO HAVE NOT ONLY “TIME CAPSULES” PRESERVING THE PAST, BUT ALSO “FUTURE CAPSULES” REVEALING WHAT LIES AHEAD.’
SOCIAL SOUND INSTALLATION, GROUP EXHIBITION, PUBLICATION RELEASE
FEATURING WORKS BY
PRECIOUS OKOYOMON – TYGAPAW
SAHAR JAMILI – NADIA TEHRAN
GROW DIGGA – IKE ZWANIKKEN
ASHLEY OBSCURA – AMOS TURNER
SAGFLAP – VASE
ANA GZIRISHVILI – EMILIE PALMELUND
XARA VOGELIUS – EJ – THISTLE MYLK – CHERUB SLATER
SAM W. HARPER
Time past and time future are without doubt the greatest subjects in this iteration of Little Virgil. The central theme, ‘future capsule,’ is borrowed directly from the poet Stanisław Barańczak, who writes, ‘if time extends into the future, then perhaps it would be logical to have not only “time capsules” preserving the past, but also “future capsules” revealing what lies ahead.’ Barańczak’s musings on the human quantification of time combined with the spirit of his dissentive political poetry provided an ample launching pad for our most recent Little Virgil publication, which addresses the matter of the collective future—what does it look like, and who determines it.
If we believe in time on a linear scale, then the future has not yet occurred. The future exists to us as a proposition: we scheme, we draw designs, we make proposals. And yet the state of the future is anyone’s guess. As we contemplate what lies ahead, we can’t help but acknowledge that all future circumstances are built on the wreckage of what has come before. Remnants of the past offer substance for the future; the future is contained in a chrysalis.
The future is unavoidable, and yet never within reach. It seeps like an odour through cracks in the windows. It is the cause of paranoia, excitement, dread, and fear; it is perhaps in the dissentive spirit of Barańczak that we undertake to shape our own futures at all. As this publication deals with something as intangible and omnipresent as the idea of things yet to happen, we attempt to encapsulate our diverse thoughts, predictions, hopes, and desires for a collective future into one comprehensive platform, staged as an auditory experience—as sound installation, and as audible journal—augmented with the visual art of our friends and local community. Our capsule is West Germany (Kotti), where past, present and future converge.
The future as post-human
The future as more human
The future as expression
The future as actualisation
The future as revitalisation
Precious Okoyomon concludes the new publication with this declaration: I GONNA MAKE A NEW WORD LIKE WE GONNA MAKE A NEW WORLD LIKE WE GONNA MAKE A NEW WORLD LIKE.
Little Virgil loves you and the future too
Text by Sarah Messerschmidt