etcetera is an audio-visual display permanently installed at Villa Alba on the 4th of April 2014. The work lifts a corner on the memory of the Villa Alba using text, sound design and video to create a space of things remembered, not by us, but by the walls and rooms. As we enter the installation we watch and listen as the lavish contents of the house pass through the curtains, their descriptions floating on a dark surface, illuminated by the window beyond. Using the 1897 Auction catalogue as its narrative this work focuses on the house’s lavish “aesthetic and artistic” furnishings, described in the catalogue’s introduction as “Superb and costly high-art furniture of the most beautiful description…”. The house today seems filled with mystery, and some of this is slowly being unraveled as more and more of the interiors are revealed. This is what is most compelling, the slow, fastidious process of history being discovered and retold.
Produced by: Solange Kershaw & Damian Castaldi
Medium: Processing Language, Video projection & Sound installation.
Acknowledgement for the sketch kinetic type by Zach Lieberman
Special thanks to Sarah Parker, Amanda Ryan and Villa Alba Museum for their support.
Video documentation of the first ‘etcetera’ installation for the 2012 Reverie exhibition at Villa Alba, curated by Sarah Parker.