The Soft Fall Of History

The earliest example of an alternate (or counterfactual) history is found in Livy’s Ab Urbe condita (book IX, sections 17–19). Livy contemplated an alternative 4th century BC in which Alexander the Great expanded his empire westward instead of eastward; he asked, “What would have been the results for Rome if she had been engaged in war with Alexander?” Livy concluded that the Romans would likely have defeated Alexander.

In the installation “The Soft Fall Of History”, the artist researches alternate histories by remixing ancient Roman, Pompeiiesque bronze sculptures from the 4th century BC as well as fake handmade carpets with iconic imagery from an alternate history. These layered carpets serve as a book, while the sculptures can be seen as a paperweight to hide most information. Furthermore, these old heavy sculptures can be recognized as the burden of history.