Louisa Bufardeci
every second is like, forever, and every year is like 11.3 centimetres

every second is like, forever, and every year is like 11.3 centimetres
, 2007
Installation view
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When placed against a wall, flyscreen flickers with moir’s and patterns that shift from one perspective to the next. The illusions are remarkable but the reality of the fabric is less interesting a simple fibreglass weave generating a regular grid of rectangles.

Into this trickery I’ve stitched fragments of soundwaves. Each fragment is taken from an anti-war speech given at a rally in Adelaide in September last year and the text of each fragment is noted in the title of the piece. The title of every piece also notes that each fragment has been accredited to a different, hypothetical anti-war speech from throughout history the speaker, the war, and the place, date and time of the speech are all noted.

So I sit at my stitching frame, head bent far down, chin to chest, stitching, stitching, stitching, and considering. What do people do in times of war when they barely appear as such like these days here. What to do when, despite the daily media coverage whose news is as regularly repetitive as the grid on the fly screen, I feel so removed. And unwilling. So I sit and stitch and this action becomes an action of inaction, like all my other daily actions. And they become actions of waiting where every second takes forever and every year is just absurd.

Louisa Bufardeci

2007

Louisa Bufardeci

“…las…”, Vincius, speaking against the Argentina-Brazil War, Carmen de Patagones, 22 April 1826, 10:39:21:44 – 10:39:21:74
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
34.9 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…oo…”, Kaoru, speaking against the Boshin War, Edo, 3 March 1868, 10:55:31:95 – 10:55:32:05
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
12.3 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…so, it is the opposite of freedom…”, Aeneas, speaking against the Peloponnesian War, Athens, 29 September 425 BCE, 10:17:37:08 -10:17:39:78
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
306.1 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…talked…”, Zafeera, speaking against the First Jewish-Roman War, Gamla, 28 October 66, 17:32:04:22 – 17:32:04:92
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
80.1 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…than a…”, Tsetsegmaa, speaking against the Mongol invasion of Khwarezmia, Zhongdu, 30 May 1219, 08:36:09:16 – 08:36:09:46,
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
34.9 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…than…”, Faridah, speaking against the Algerian War of Independence, Philippeville, 5 August 1955, 20:34:02:11 – 20:34:02:91
, 2007
cotton thread, flyscreen
91.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…there…”, Zulema, speaking against the Peninsular War, Bayonne, 19 October 1809, 17:49:54:03 – 17:49:54:63
, 2007
cotton thread, flyscreen
68.8 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…war was the…”, Enkh, speaking against the Mongol invasions of Japan, Dazaifu, 15 June 1275, 7:15:44:23 – 7:15:44:93
, 2007
cotton thread, flyscreen
80.1 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“any part of this”, Desta, speaking against the Muslim-Christian Wars, Massawa, 17 November 1530, 8:52:31:27 – 8:52:32:47
, 2007
cotton thread, flyscreen (detail)

Louisa Bufardeci

“…d…”, Darius speaking against the Lagash and Umma battle, Lagash, 12 January 2525 BCE, 20:26:41:22 – 20:26:41:23
, 2007
cotton thread, fibreglass screen
12.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…thinks that now all…”, Aishen, speaking against the Goguryeo-Sui Wars, Pyongyang, 12 March 602, 16:55:23:19 – 16:55:24:79
, 2007
cotton thread, flyscreen
181.8 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

…to a woman was, we are all prisoners, we are trapped in our houses, in our land, in our nation. We are isolated and we are left to wonder what’s happening to other people. What a tragedy…”, Oxilia, speaking against the Sicilian Wars, Syracuse, 25 May 461 BCE, 2:55:12:27-2:55:29:57
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen

Louisa Bufardeci

…war was the last thing [they] wanted. Now three and a half years later we have so many deaths, tortures, kidnapping, rapes and violence. It’s absolutely uncontrollable. And no matter how many more troops they bring in, this is not changing. So why are the ….”, Jiang speaking against the Warring States, China, 3 March 465 BCE, 10:22:39 – 10:23:04
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
2927.7 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

…so, it is the opposite of freedom…”, Aeneas, speaking against the Peloponnesian War, Athens, 29 September 425 BCE, 10:17:37:08 – 10:17:39:78
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
306.1 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

…once this occurs, it will only benefit the elite sections…”, Zhou Yu, speaking against the War of the Three Kingdoms, Yiling, 3 January 224, 21:45:32:30 – 21:45:38:30
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
67.9 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…strategy…”, Umayyah, speaking against the First Fitna, Medina, 2 December 656, 15:28:49:27 – 15:28:49:77
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
57.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…they…”, Abrofo speaking against the Almoravid conquest of the Ghanas, Ghanan Empire, 16 May 1063, 15:42:37:12 – 15:42:37:62
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
57.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“..victims…”, Mutsuko, speaking against the Genpei War, Kyoto, 16 June 1181, 11:21:45:17 – 11:21:45:67
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
57.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…have…”, Ottilja, speaking against the Russo-Swedish War, Ivangorod, 9 November 1496, 21:48:41:66 – 21:48:41:86
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
23.6 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…if I cou…”, Huayna, speaking against the War of the Two Brothers, Cusco, 23:41:59:48 – 23:41:59:98
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
57.5 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…ee..”, Jagdesh, speaking against the First Anglo-Sikh War, Aliwal, 28 August 1845, 14:27:58:12 – 14:27:58:22
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
12.3 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“..ass…”, Pucu, speaking against the Contestado War, Curitibanos, 31 July 1917, 07:23:09:22 – 07:23:09:62
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
46.2 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“..to the…”, Felicity, speaking against World War 1, London, 14 January 1915, 11:28:31:83 – 11:28:32:23
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
46.2 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…m…”, Kwesi, speaking against the Ifni War, Sidi Ifni, 17 December 1957, 18:46:08:34.57 – 18:46:08:35.32
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
94.75 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…and that the…”, Arturo, speaking against the Contras War, Managua, 24 July 1983, 9:31:12:32 – 9:31:13:22
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
102.7 x 50 cm

Louisa Bufardeci

“…only by…”, Glorija, speaking against the Yugoslav Wars, Vukovar, 22 February 1992, 13:43:11:58 – 13:43:12:38
, 2007
Cotton thread, flyscreen
91.4 x 50 cm