Black Square X.
Inside the Time Capsule of Cupaloy, buried beneath the grounds of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, is a book published by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company that contains diagrams and phonetic illustrations teaching the people of the future about a language called “English.” The introduction to The Book of Record of the Time Capsule of Cupaloy reads: “After five thousand years, all the spoken languages of the present time will have become extinct or so altered as to require a key for their understanding. The English language spoken in the United States today, if not replaced by some other natural or invented tongue, will have suffered complete reforming many times over through the laws of linguistic evolving – laws which though proceeding in regular paths will, because of their complexity, work the apparent result of radical havoc. Books of the present day, through chemical change, will have disappeared.” The time capsule was deemed capable of resisting the effects of time for 5,000 years.
Archival inkjet print
31 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches (80 × 80 cm)
© 2011 Taryn Simon