Past Deposits from a Future Yet to Come


Past Deposits from a Future Yet to Come

Buttons, plates, marbles, bottles, coins, bullets, keys and other historic artifacts are suspended in a rhythmic free fall, a choreographed parade, in Past Deposits from a Future Yet to Come (2024). The video art installation, a new public work by internationally renowned artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Bircher, was commissioned by Waterloo Greenway for Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Hubbard / Birchler worked with composer Alex Weston to create the accompanying score. Past Deposits will be shown nightly at Waterloo Park for five years, except evenings when a ticketed concert or other special event is taking place.

The artifacts in Past Deposits were discovered by archaeologists on the site of what is now Waterloo Park and Waller Creek in Austin, Texas. Hubbard/Birchler spent more than a year studying the historic artifacts from Waller Creek and rendered the small, everyday artifacts into incredibly detailed, monumentally scaled image projections. The colossal-sized objects orbit one another with synchronous and asynchronous movements against a dark void. The artifacts in Past Deposits fill the entire 16- by 120-foot wall of Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park.

Past Deposits aims to remind us of the people who lived and worked alongside Waller Creek, evoking a contemplation of a much longer, deep history of all of the lives lived along the banks of the creek. These histories are revivified through an array of artifacts, each touched by human hands, that were buried under layers of earth during the numerous torrential floods that swept through the Waller Creek area time and time again. Taking the repetition of these natural occurrences as a point of departure, the artifacts featured in Past Deposits are caught in a continuous flow, adrift in a current or stream, offering a visual meditation on the notion of time itself, questioning whether time is linear or a continuum, whereby past, present, and future intermingle.

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