Every Eleven Seconds
Created by Robert Farber
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In 1991, the late Robert Farber (1948-1995) created Every Ten Minutes a
sound piece for the third annual Day Without Art, the art world's day of
action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. For the In Memoriam
issue of Artery, the piece has been "updated." In 1999, an AIDS-related
death every ten minutes in the United States, is now an AIDS-related death
every 11.3 seconds, somewhere on the planet.
Copyright The Estate of Robert Farber
Courtesy the Robert D. Farber Foundation
Robert Storr, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York described
the Projects Room-exhibition of Farber's work at the museum, as follows:
"The only genuine work of art in the room was Robert Farber's. Disembodied
but deeply resonant, it consisted of the subdued ringing of a bell. The
piece, Every Ten Minutes, sounded at the interval cited in the
title. Situated near the Modern's ground floor entrance, the Projects Room,
with its barren display, acted as an echo chamber, broadcasting the single,
faint, intermittent musical note throughout the Museum s central hall.
Amidst the bustle of the lobby crowds its testimony was arresting and
We in the Projects Program were not the only ones to make use of Robert's
haunting piece. So, too, did The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New
Museum of Contemporary Art, and private galleries around the city, including
those of such respected dealers as Leo Castelli and Marian Goodman. In each
location the same simple but profound imaginative event occurred: sound
became memory and thought; as these memories and thoughts multiplied, they
linked together the diverse population that heard the ringing and
transformed them into a collective mind focused, in the silence bracketed by
each muted clang, on AIDS and all that the disease has come to mean in this
country and around the world."
Artery appreciates the Estate of Robert Farber's permission to- and cooperation
in- altering and re-presenting the work.
Robert Farber's work may be seen in
The Virtual Collection