11/06/13

Dear Reader,

This is a statement in the form of a letter. This is a statement as an artwork. This is a letter as an artwork. This is a letter as a statement. This is an artwork as a letter. This is a voice recording that I am making as I walk but you are now reading it as a statement made up of letters on a screen. I am walking down State Street a main street of downtown Chicago. This will be transcribed into a letter by the time you are reading it. I have allowed for repetition. I have allowed for repetition. It is a rainy morning in Chicago. In one hand I am holding an umbrella, in the other hand I am holding my phone which is acting as the recording device. I have allowed for error. I have allowed for time lapse. I have allowed for gaps of silence. It is 8:44 a.m. I am walking to work. There was just a long gap of silence, as I had nothing to say. You will not feel that silence, as you are reading this as one continuous letter. Maybe you have decided to no longer read this. We are sharing a moment (unless you already stopped reading). B-But if you have stayed with me…But if you have stayed with me until this time you understand that my work is about the sharing of a moment in time. This is our time. This is a statement. This is an artwork. This is a letter. This is a sound recording. This is a transcription of that sound recording. This is a moment in time and like all moments it must come to an end. In real time this has lasted for about 6 minutes. I meant to say in actual time (in the time that it took me to record this). How long did it take you to read this? I have allowed for questions. I have allowed for uncertainty. I have allowed for chance. I have allowed for open ended-ness. This has…is now coming to an end at 7 minutes my time. How long did it take you to read this?

Truly,
Alberto Aguilar