Permanent Past (2019) looks at Rome through the prism of block universe theory. This suggests that the past, present and future exist at the same time. This possibility was suggested by Einstein and current scientific thinking seems to think it probable.
Permanent Past examines the accretions of 28 centuries of Roman habitation. A layering of history that is compressed in our ‘present’. It speaks of a city – on a town – on a settlement – on vacant land.
Permanent Past sifts through the sediment of Rome to reveal her spectacular periods of great knowledge and successes and of her science and superstition.
The Emolation of the Followers of San Motorino
It is a sinister and vicious way to enslave a population, faith. Maybe that’s why it has to be a personal choice?
Yet it is entrusted to us everyday. If not a spiritual faith, how about a socio-economic one. One that lets us believe that we are right, true, powerful and good. One that lets us believe that we are and can have everything.
But then, what to do about the faithful Followers of St Motorino, brought to silence by fire, in the Piazza Farnese this year?
‘Faith is what I die for, dogma is what I kill for’ so the saying goes. The trouble is all faith, a negation of reason, is based on dogma
2010 Saint Motorino, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney