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Message to the future

INSTRUCTION: MUST BE READ AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!

In front of me is a table. I can see the table, but I can't see the chair underneath me. I can see my hands placed upon my computer. I can feel that I am wearing a hat. My computer and my hat have the same color; grey, grey. I can see the sleeves of my shirt and they are also grey. I can see two white coffee cups and they are both empty. Next to them my phone is laying, display against table.

Just before I began writing this text my girlfriend wrote me a message. It was an invitation to come by her office and eat lunch with her. I replied that it was a great idea, but that I was very busy, since I had to write a message to the future.

I then put my phone on flight mode, which I always do when I work. But just as I began describing the items surrounding me, I started wondering if my reply had been too short and repellent, and because flight mode was activated, I couldn't receive a response from my girlfriend either confirming or reject my anxiety.

I have now described some items and a feeling.

I can describe items for you. I can describe feelings for you. But I can't describe how it felt describing the room feeling what I felt.

I was looking at the white, empty coffee cups, thinking “the coffee cups are white and empty, and maybe I just inadvertently turned down my girlfriends invitation in an insensitive way”.

It is impossible for me to make you feel what I felt.

I think that this is my message to the future:

We grew more and more eager to document and distribute every single occurrence in our lives. From the smallest and most intimate moments to the big political or cultural events. We started thinking that our documentations, made with great technical skills and displayed on powerful machines were real. But they were not. Somehow we forgot that real experiences have absolute endings. Real experiences can't be replayed.

Let me repeat something:

“The coffee cups are white and empty, and maybe I just inadvertently turned down my girlfriends invitation in an insensitive way”.

It is impossible for me to make you feel what I felt.

Real life only happens once.


En indtaling af teksten indgik i en lydinstallation på Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art i Moss (NO) i 2017. Læs mere her.