Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller - Villa Medici Walk
  Year :   1998
  Location :   Italy
  Worktype :   Sound Walk
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Academie de France, Villa Medici, Rome

  Work Details  
  This walk has the best ending spot we’ve ever used, the souterrain, the underground cellar where a previous director had stored broken statues, with their arms and heads lying scattered, forgotten. There was also an extensive labyrinth of small tunnels that terrified me and had been used for mining. If you followed them, you could be lost forever. The walk started in a small garden with a grove of orange trees right outside our window in the castle. As we watched from above, the archaeologists unearthed a tiled and frescoed room from a lost villa that they had known was somewhere under the city but they had only just located. I think the experience of the layering of time in Rome led me to write a script that used a series of experiments with time to structure the piece. It was also the first piece in which I used the mini voice recorder as a device to form a character. Accessed 04.11.2008 from http://www.cardiffmiller.com/artworks/walks/medici.html