Enquanto tempo, 2012
Dealing with time, seems to have become a recurrently bothersome process. There is no spare time. We live on countdowns, trying to retrieve things left undone. Uncalled for urgencies and impacts of unaccomplished tasks are a constant threat. Schedules, alarms, and notices remind us of activities that must be done at any cost, and while proceeding in these activities, our minds dwell in the expectation of the next task. There seem to be no opportunities for extensions: the present is insistent, however unachievable.
Man and time fail to meet, as in a chronological mistake. To understand the time we live in is, above all, to lose sight of it and, sometimes, to understand its dissociation. To try to secure it is to insist on holding on to what is not graspable, for it is always “too late” or “not yet”. For philosopher Giorgio Agamben, the present is a non-lived, non-experienced part of life embedded in the totality lived. Its path is an “archaeology”, not of past, but rather of a collection of present experiences we cannot manage to go through.
To relate, to redo and to give continuance to times (or to its notions) are maneuvers to respond to “the darkness of our era”. Are there possible escapes in face of these symptoms? Can artistic manifestations that propose temporal connections accomplish narrative/discursive experiences about what is “non-lived”?
Enquanto tempo presents works that address relations with time: the memory and its productions and effects, flows and registries of the sense of being, the body as a measure of time. These perceptions, unlinked to time, unfold into other moments of experience, in updates and metamorphosis…