The Geography of Time
Multi-disciplinary, exploratory exhibition
How do we navigate time? How do we root ourselves in a moment? When we are able to conceive of time and space as both infinite expanses and atomised fragments, what systems are in place to allow us to connect with a sense of ‘here’, a sense of ‘now’?
There are moments that last a lifetime. There are years that squeeze themselves into a dot of memory. And there are occasions that keep recurring, replaying, eternal, incessant.
The regularity of the stark tick-tocking of the clock stands at odds with our experience of time yet is our only way of navigating it. Tick, tock, tick, tock. Clinical, linear, predicable, fixed. The gap that is created when this regular, predictable tick-tocking stands at odds with how we experience time raises the question, “is there more to time than this linear, predictable trajectory?”. And if so, does time have the potential to be manipulated, or even navigated?
The Geography of Time posits the idea that if we are able to envisage time as a landscape, then we might be able to develop modes of exploration which go beyond the constraints of clock-time. The works in this exhibit are a foray into what forms this might take; exploring the potential of the relic, map and clock as tools that can allow us to plot our personal and shared histories, locate our present, and navigate into the future.
Presented through three main bodies of work - Engramographs, Kairos Relics and Ad Memoriam Charcoals - alongside audio interventions and an exploratory curatorial theme, The Geographies of Time creates an immersive environment through which the audience is able to navigate their own path through a plurality of iterations of time.
As floor-to-ceiling Engramograph voiles divide the gallery space and create intimate enclosures, the audience is encouraged to move around the space to encounter dispersed Kairos Relics and circulating audio interventions. Meanwhile, parts of the Ad Memoriam Charcoals are erased in a kinetic sculpture, echoing the transitory and time-specific nature of the exhibition. Through these varying formats, personal narratives of time are explored as we grapple with the tension that divides lived experience from rationalised clock time.