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April 11th, 1954: The Most Boring Day in History

When: April 4-May 3 2014

In 2010, a computer programmer named William Tunstall-Pedoe calculated that April 11, 1954 was the most boring day since 1900. To come to this conclusion, he built a search engine that considered more than 300 million facts supplied by the news, and determined that almost nothing historically important occurred on this day. In honor of the sixtieth anniversary of this significantly insignificant day, Aggregate Space (801 West Grand Ave., Oakland) is exhibiting works by Brent Cunningham, Josh Pieper, James Tantum, and Brian Wasson that find inspiration in the mundane aspects of daily life. Cunningham’s video piece, “The Kolony: Chapter 5,” focuses on the repetitive task of tallying spoken words: For 32 minutes and 57 seconds, a pencil monotonously marks a piece of paper in a way that’s nearly meditative. Collectively, the pieces in April 11th, 1954: The Most Boring Day in History recalibrate the premium we put on excitement and novelty with an accessible tone that oscillates between earnestness and humor — celebrating, as the exhibition’s curators put it, “specific non-facts and anti-events by virtue of the individual ideological blah, blah, blah whatever.”

Sarah Burke

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