Marie Shannon

The Aachen Faxes (2012)

15 min 30 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

The Aachen Faxes is a text-based video made from excerpts of artist Julian Dashper’s correspondence (mostly by fax) with partner Marie Shannon during his 1995 residency in Aachen, Germany. Julian’s faxes tell of his progress in setting up his situation in a way that will allow him to work productively. They also ask Marie what she is doing at home, and remind her of the things she must do while he is away.

Julian mentions the passage of time frequently—sometimes it is fast, sometimes it is agonisingly slow—and dwells on the difficulty of communication over distance, even with the speed of faxes. The soundtrack is a cello being played slowly, somewhere between drone and music.

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