Friday, October 10, 2014
Greetings from the Apocalypse
Greetings From the Apocalypse
Mail art mass-produced postcards
Edition of 50 postcards for Keith Buchholz Fluxus publication:
Hand-written on each: “How can we be absolutely sure that the world didn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012? What if we just didn’t notice?”
Hand-written series of 43 cards as mailed to John Held Jr. in order of mailing (one per day), Dec. 22, 2012 – Feb. 2, 2013 (for Gutai show)
Dec. 22, 2012: I woke up this morning. I am still here. Nothing seems any different. Has anything changed?
Dec. 23, 2012: Dec. 21, 2012 passed uneventfully. Did I expect any different? What was I hoping would happen?
Dec. 24, 2012: Did I want for the world to end? Am I really that unhappy or desiring of change?
Dec. 25, 2012: Or am I really just that bored? It’s Christmas today. I should rejoice in celebrating the holiday with those I love.
Dec. 26, 2012: But what did happen on Dec. 21? Were we hoping it would end differently? Some claimed we would never wake up.
Dec. 27, 2012: How do we know that isn’t true? We assume we did wake up and that everything continued on as expected, no different.
Dec. 28, 2012: But can we really be sure that we aren’t still asleep, dreaming? I’ve dreamt that I woke up on numerous occasions before.
Dec. 29, 2012: What if this isn’t any different? What if I only imagine that I’m awake? I should pinch myself...
Dec. 30, 2012: And yet I’m still here. It’s winter. It’s been a crazy big year. New Year’s is coming, another day but one that holds belief + hope in change...
Dec. 31, 2012: Yet another day here and past, as any others. Just like Dec. 21, 2012. They are all the same, are they not? Or are they?...
Jan. 1, 2013: Can we really be certain that the world didn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012? How do we know for sure? Perhaps the aftermath is an illusion.
Jan. 2, 2013: Perhaps the world really did end on Dec. 21, 2012 and we are just imagining its continuation. How do we know that it didn’t?
Jan. 3, 2013: Or how can we be sure that the end of the world on Dec. 21 didn’t just morph into a new beginning? Our senses may not be acute enough to perceive...
Jan. 4, 2013: Dec. 21, 2012 may not have seemed apocalyptic, but what did we expect really? Fire and brimstone... Death and destruction... What marks an ending, really?
Jan. 5, 2013: Perhaps the world really did end. Maybe the end was just anticlimactic, like waking in the middle of the night to use the restroom... Are we really sure?
Jan. 6, 2013: Dec. 21, 2012 may very well have marked the beginning of the end, the end of the beginning... The world as we know it may have ended at that point...
Jan. 7, 2013: In fact, from any given day to another, we face an end and a beginning. Day -> night. Night -> day. The repetition seems continuous.
Jan. 8, 2013: But it’s a constantly evolving narrative. So much can change in the blink of an eye. Dec. 21... Dec. 22... Are we really certain that there wasn’t an apocalypse?
Jan. 9, 2013: How do we know for sure that everything is still in the same continuum? How do we know for sure that it isn’t all an illusion?
Jan. 10, 2013: What if we only think that Dec. 21, 2012 passed uneventfully, and that our thinking it has spun an illusory continuum? Do we really know what the end of the world will look like?
Jan. 11, 2013: Does the end really have to make manifest our greatest fears? So many fear death but really it is just an unknown.
Jan. 12, 2013: Can we really be certain that we didn’t all die uneventfully in our sleep? Perhaps we are in the aftermath, in the afterlife already.
Jan. 13, 2013: Perhaps our ideas of heaven and hell are too clear cut when truly where we are is determined by what we make of where we are. Is this as good / bad as it gets?
Jan. 14, 2013: Maybe it really was the end. Maybe Dec. 21, 2012 was it and we just can’t recognize the change yet. Maybe we never will.
Jan. 15, 2013: Change is constant, everything changes, all the time. The world can change in the blink of an eye and we could totally miss it.
Jan. 16, 2013: We only fear that the end will be marked, clearly defined and spelled out according to our greatest fears. Hellfire, second comings...
Jan. 17, 2013: Religion instills fear in order to command attention and demand faith and devotion. We seek salvation and desire to ascend to the afterlife.
Jan. 18, 2013: But my greatest fears aren’t of death, pain, sorrow, hellfire, brimstone... My greatest fears are of not knowing, of being apathetic, of not recognizing change...
Jan. 19, 2013: So, for me, if an apocalypse is to be a manifestation of my greatest fears then it must appear to have made no impact at all.
Jan. 20, 2013: Everything would seem to be unchanged. Everyone would appear to be unaffected. Life would continue on as if nothing ever happened.
Jan. 21, 2013: People would remain apathetic to one another’s needs, to our environmental impacts, pain and suffering...
Jan. 22, 2013: Dec. 21, 2012 would appear to have passed completely uneventfully. No one would question it except as the butt of a joke.
Jan. 23, 2013: But wouldn’t it be an even sicker joke if the world really did end on Dec. 21, 2012 and we just didn’t notice? If we thought nothing changed?
Jan. 24, 2013: Or would we then have the upper hand? Do we make manifest our own destiny? Or is it pre-determined?
Jan. 25, 2013: Are we just pawns in the game of life? Are we just being played? Or is it more complicated than that?
Jan. 26, 2013: If the world did end Dec. 21, 2012 and we didn’t notice, does that mean we are powerfully unaware? Blissfully ignorant? Weak-mindedly oblivious?
Jan. 27, 2013: Maybe this continuum isn’t illusory but just the subtle start of something new. Change isn’t always obvious; it isn’t always big.
Jan. 28, 2013: Momentum and direction can evolve so quickly. How can we be certain at any given point that our world didn’t end moments ago?
Jan. 29, 2013: Perhaps it ended but progressed positively. Perhaps the change was good and brought about improvements, bettering our lives.
Jan. 30, 2013: Or perhaps the story doesn’t have a clearly defined ending. Perhaps the narrative is still being written out...
Jan. 31, 2013: We are in control of our own destinies, are we not? It is all a matter of perception... Or is it?...
Feb. 1, 2013:
Feb. 2, 2013: I assert that I am still here... – Jennifer Weigel Post-Apocalyptic Existential Quandary