If we were to prepare a time capsule to leave behind for a future generation to open, how would we go about it? What would we include? What kinds of questions would we have to ask in order to decide on a list of items? First, we might have to define ‘ourselves’, and what we know and think about our time and place in history. Then, how do we express this understanding through a collection of items, so that it can be deciphered in the future? How far into this future can we imagine? Who is there, what do they care to know about us, and in what form will they find evidence of our efforts?
We’ll explore questions of history, memory, posterity, materiality of media, and impermanence, as we undertake the inquiry and process to prepare an actual time capsule on and around the occasion of the 40th anniversary of VAPA – the intention is to complete the process in three weeks, in order to ceremonially bury the capsule during the alumni/reunion weekend in late September.