IT'S ABOUT TIME
Curated by Christina Niederberger and Paul Carey-Kent
Saturday 2 November - Saturday 21 December 2013
Opening evening with performance Friday 1st November, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Late opening with curator's tour Friday 29 November, 6.00 - 9.00pm
The fourteen artists in this exhibition explore the nature of time and how different timescales can function simultaneously in an artwork. They operate in painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film and performance in four main ways:
- putting more than one timescale into an image;
- the strategy of ‘recreating’ one time in another;
- building the representation of time into a work;
- making visible the time which passes in the making of the work.
The show also encourages us to consider how two fundamentally contrasting philosophical viewpoints dominate our current understanding of time.
- Newtonian time conceives time as a universal given that structures events in linear succession. According to this understanding time travel is – theoretically – possible.
- The opposing view, in the tradition of Leibniz and Kant, states that time doesn’t refer to any kind of given container through which events and objects move, but is part of a fundamental intellectual structure which allows us to represent, compare and order things. Time, then, is neither an event nor a thing, and thus is not itself measurable nor can it be travelled.