The performance involves a pair of people reading from a two-volume book by the late artist that lists, in chronological order, one million years into the future and one million years into the past.
The venue for this manifestation of “One Million Years (Reading)”, the Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro, could not be more suitable, being an ancient religious building with wonderful acoustics designed for the utterance of human voice. The matter-of-factness of the reading is foiled there by the presence of an altarpiece, consecrated and symbolic of eternal life.
In this vein, Venice itself could not be more fitting as a location for the work. Its fragility and beauty, caught between the sea and sky, is often associated with the transience of human life.
- One Million Years (Reading)