Harmonizing with Exhaustion
date_from 4/06 — 4/07/2015
I don’t want to talk about that place. It’s not that I dislike it—it doesn’t feel exciting or new. We’ve been there a few times; together and separately. It’s a short trip but I’m taking it alone so I take it seriously. Let’s walk through the itinerary; just for this occasion.
Day 2 (6:00) O’HARE AIRPORT - TERMINAL 2, CONCOURSE E
A blue pen, clothes to last 4 days, some old and new notes, and xeroxed essays. You’ve been traveling enough so goodbyes are just a formality to you. You walk away eagerly but not too quickly to upset whoever you’re leaving.
Day 3 (17:00) INLAND STEEL BUILDING, SOUTH ENTRANCE
It’s not your favorite post-depression era building but it always comes to mind. Your steps are irregular and
the .13¢ in your pocket tricks you into thinking the metal in the building is throwing its voice. There are
several compositions. Rectangular plates of metal in different tones: brushed aluminum, faux brass, nickel,
Day 6 (14:30) S. R. CROWN HALL, NORTHERN WING
You sit at one of the 46 drafting tables. There’s a feint pestilence of graphite dust. The stale smell tastes like iron, like the aftertaste of blood. Light is casting through the mini-blinds. The sun sieves through the trees and acknowledges you like a blanket.
Brian Khek, May 2015