Article Three: The Monument (What Will Have Been Done)
The ruins of the NPT offer us the beginnings of a story, the fuller details of which may or may not come to light. ‘On the 18th March 1941 … everybody survived – no fatalities’. The ruin still stands in 2013. In that year it was not yet either a block of flats and a restaurant or a memorial garden and an education centre. There is much still to discover: Not more facts. On that we should be clear. Not facts, but aspects, perspectives, the nuances of a context.
The monument is built upon this context. It must be unfixed, impermanent, less an object than a process – a process of thinking around the need or desire for a past event to be remembered; memorialised. In any case, the monument cannot be made out of stone. It could be a moment to Charlie Chaplin, to his powers of comedy and satire. It could also be a monument to the those who died in the Blitz and to those who lived through it – a monument to survival. The monument is – will have been – a work of research and imagination wrought – made manifest -through workshops, website, performance, film, book.
From the back-story, two perspectives, in particular, emerge – a simplified description of the site as a space with a crude line drawn across it:
Capital on the one hand
on the other.
Once the bomb dropped, it always will have been dropped. Once it exploded, it always will have exploded. Once each of the one hundred people in attendance knew themselves to have survived, they always will have survived.
Regarding the line: we have already come down on one side, in preference to the other but in the meantime – in the time that remains, we wonder if it might be possible, necessary, to think something say something make something do something opposed to the probable, to the likely, outcome. So that it was – will always have been – done.
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