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a time capsule for a century and beyond
Placed inside the Rudin Family Gallery’s wall in July 2019, coinciding with the birth of this space, Persistent Echoes is a time capsule for a century and beyond. Inside this wall is a vinyl record time capsule conceptualized and constructed by the artist Ted Riederer. The vinyl is held in a Silver Maple wood box made by Michael O’Connell. Containing the artist’s own phonograph recordings of sounds from his life and selections from the BAM Hamm Archives, Riederer telegraphs a crystallization of our current moment to future generations. The heartbeat of his lover on the eve of their wedding. Trains running at midnight through half-empty stations. The persistent rhythm of a snare drum in the rain. Taken together, these sounds evoke a poem about human existence, both nostalgic and timeless. In capturing and framing the moments that we all share, whether knowingly or unknowingly, these “tone pictures”—a term evoking the first commercially available recordings in the early days of recorded sound—communicate not just our contemporary lives but the feelings and thoughts that inhabit us as we strive to make a meaningful existence.