John Kannenberg is an artist and Director of The Museum of Portable Sound, London's #1 Portable Museum.

One Hundred Hours of Infinity

One Hundred Hours of Infinity

One Hundred Hours of Infinity was an exhibition of drawings at the Work Gallery in Ann Arbor,  Michigan in March and April 2012. The exhibition consisted of 17 drawings divided into 3 subsets. The drawings were executed using a deliberately inhibitive process, dangling a charcoal pencil by fishing line over paper laid on the floor, and repetitively attempting to draw the same shapes over and over again for predetermined periods of time.

The times for each individual drawing were determined by following the Fibonacci sequence, and the combined total of hours and minutes in each drawing added up to 100 hours. The symbols in the drawings each represent the concept of infinity in different cultures: the shen hieroglyph from ancient Egypt, the Ensō circle from Zen Buddhism, and the lemniscate of Bernoulli from the 17th Century. Two drawings, each representing zero hours, were also included. These drawings hung in my studio for the duration of the making of the other drawings in the sequence, and were punctured with pins in configurations that represented the early philosophical notion of the universe according to the ancient Greek philosopher Anaximander.

The sound of the 100 hours of drawing were recorded for an archive, and a video documenting the entire drawing of the one hour circle was also screened at the exhibition. 

 

Twelve Hours of Infinity: Amduat

Twelve Hours of Infinity: Amduat

Disruptive Stillness

Disruptive Stillness