Auto Crematorium Stone

Video documentation of 'Auto Crematorium Stone', Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 2002.

A piece of Portland Stone was used by the artist to produce a gravestone for himself. The letter cutting was carried out during the exhibition. As viewers chatted to the artist, the subject of ones own mortality often came up. A microphone was positioned near the stone to record these chance discussions, and the recorded conversations edited after each day of the performance. The conversations were then available for viewers the listen to the following day, adjacent to the letter cutting work place.