Media: 

 Mixed Media

 Chequebook Stubs

 Steel

Size: 

 1.5m by 2.5m

Created: 

 2003

 

Mapping Generations' represents an immeasurable number of generations through time. The Mapping Series is based on research into particular aspects of my ancestors dating back to 1764. Actual family names and dates replace every Tenth number on the spine of the chequebook stubs. They physically denote centuries in time. The number Ten or Tenth have particular meaning in this work. They also form part of words we used in every day language which relate physical and emotional states in humans; for example, tense, tenacity, tendon, tentuous and tender. The word 'Ten' is considered a Hebraism and an indefinite term for 'Many Children'. The Ten Commandments have numerous numerical significances. According to The Bible Code (Drosnin 1997:95), the words 'ten', 'thought and 'computer' are embedded in the cryptic letters. This is of interest to me as I am currently creating patterns which map layers of generations on computer. Rows of numberless and nameless chequebook stubs in th emain body of work and on the curved alluminium frame at the bottom of the artwork allude to the incalulable number of individuals through time, past, present and future. Eighteen family names are at the bottom of the work. Eighteen is 'Chai' in the Old Testiment; it means Life. Included amongst the family names are my great grandfather, Hermann Wisner and his wife Eva, (married in 1888). Eisner invented the fist 'voice box' in Germany and assisted the German armey in the First World War by setting up a clinic for people who had been shot (or otherwise injured) in the throat. Eisner invented the formula for the 78 speed record in Germany and was the director of the Homofon Record Company in Berlin. It is based on history and the premise that layers of generations take us back to the very beginning of creation so that history and genetics are linked. The Book "Mapping Generations": The book accompanies the artwork and contains information on history and generations. additional views.

Mapping Generations

  • Mapping Generations

     

    'Mapping Generations' represents aspects of generations of descendants and an immeasurable number of generations through time. The Mapping Series is based on research into particular aspects of my ancestors dating back to 1764. Actual family names and dates replace every Tenth number on the spine of the chequebook stubs. They physically denote Centuries in time.

     

    The numbers Ten or Tenth have particular meaning in this work. They form part of many words we use in everyday language which relate to physical and mental states in humans; for example tense, tenacity, tendon, tentuous and tender. The word Ten is also considered an Hebraism and an indefinite term for 'Many Children'.

     

    The Ten Commandments have numerical and spiritual connotations. According to The Bible Code (Drosnin 1997:95), the words 'ten', 'thought' and 'computer' are embedded in the cryptic letters. This is of interest to me as I am currently creating patterns which map many layers of generations on  computer.

     

    Eighteen family names are at the bottom of the work. Eighteen is 'Chai' in Hebrew. It means Life.

     

    Rows of numberless and nameless chequebook stubs, 2500 in all, are in the main body of work and on the curved aluminium frame at the bottom of the artwork allude to the incalculable number of individuals through time, past, present and future.

     

    Included amongst the family names are my great grandfather, Hermann Eisner and his wife Eva, (married in 1888). Eisner invented the first ‘voice box’ in Germany and assisted the German army in the First World War by setting up a clinic for people who had been shot (or otherwise injured) in the throat. Eisner invented the formula for the 78 speed record in Germany and was the director of the Homocord Record Company in Berlin.

     

    Book: Mapping Generations

     

    The Book which accompanies the artwork includes a brief account of my father’s family history and his collection of information on his ancestors. I make reference to music and the invention of the 78 speed record by Hermann Eisner, by showing a visual interpretation of the path taken by the stylus in the groove of a vinyl record carrying vertical modulation. Written in the book are also the formula used to make the records.

     

    Reference to his wife Eva, my great grandmother, is made by tracking the dates of her 'Yahrzeit' (recorded each year on the date of her passing and symbolised with the lighting of a 'Yartzeit' candel), as is found in the original family memorial book.

     

    As part of the Artwork Mapping Series, I have recorded the voice of my great, grandparents and my father from 78 speed records onto a Companion CD – ROM.

    Messages recorded on the CD-ROM

     

    • Hermann and Eva’s message of congratulations to their daughter Helene, my grandmother, on her marriage in 1912
    • Eva congratulates her husband on the birth of their first grandchild in 1913
    • Recordings of birthday greetings from Eva to Hermann in 1925 & 1926
    • Eva’s birthday greeting to her grandson Hans Heinz Lesser (my father) in 1928
    • In 1929 Eve congratulates my grandmother on her 38th  birthday
    • My father's speech at his Barmitzva celebration in 1932 (at the age of 13).
    • My father has the original master copies of several of these records, one of which was a message from the staff of the Homocord Record Factory to my great grandparents on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary.

     

    Mapping Generations and the symbol of  Ten

     

     With Ten utterances the world was created (The complete ArtScroll Siddur1987:571)

     

    Mapping Gererations is based on both the history of my ancestors and the premise that layers of generations take us back