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Alicia Eggert’s 'Eternity' in Demand Around the World

Story posted October 25, 2012

eternityAssistant Professor of Art Alicia Eggert left Tuesday for Toruń, Poland, to speak at Art Moves, a festival that presents “the most moving art works of outstanding artists from all over the world in the public space.” The festival uses billboards to showcase art, transforming a symbol of consumerism into an “object of consideration, reflection and deep insight into ourselves and surrounding reality,” according to the festival website.

The festival is using an LED billboard to show time-lapse videos of Eggert’s sculptures Eternity and NOW, and a poster billboard to exhibit her piece All the Time.

At the Art Moves festival, Eggert will join other invited artists to discuss the questions of why contemporary people need art and why artists create art.

Next week, Eggert and her collaborator, Mike Fleming, will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to install Eternity for the International Symposium on Electronic Art, which is held once every six years in the United States. Eternity will be shown in the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History’s main exhibition until Jan. 6. The ISEA fosters a “discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature,” its website says, and includes art exhibitions, public events, performances and educational activities to bring together leading creative minds from around the world.

And for the first time since Eggert and Fleming created Eternity in 2010, they will make a duplicate of it so the piece can be shown in November in St. Petersburg, Russia, for Cyberfest, the only international festival of cybernetic art in Russia, defined as art that combines living, biological and somatic substances with technical and computer devices.

Already Eternity has been shown in Philadelphia, Canada, New York City and Italy. In New York, Eternity was exhibited at the Vimeo Festival + Awards in 2010. In Milan, Italy, Eternity was part of last year’s show, “O’ Clock. Time design, design time,” at the Triennale Design Museum, in the company of works by such artists as Damien Hirst and John Cage.

Eternity consists of 30 electric clocks mounted on a large sheet of white acrylic, which is mounted on a wall. During installation, the black hour and minute hands of the clocks are aligned to spell the word eternity, and the clocks are plugged into a series of power strips on the floor. The hands begin to move when the switch on the last power strip is flipped, and the word almost immediately becomes a jumble of moving black lines. Eternity does not reappear until the hour hands return to their original positions twelve hours later, and then lasts a split second.

Meanwhile, organizations in Wakefield, England and Sydney, Australia have requested to show Eggert’s sculpture You are (on) an island, a neon text sculpture in which the word ‘on’ blinks on and off, recreating the phrase to read, “You are an island.”

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