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from the Currency series, 2007-present, April, 2011 30 Pages / Each 16.5 X 13 © Courtesy of the artist and SITE Santa Fe
Curated by: Janet Dees, Irene Hofmann

1606 Paseo de Peralta
87501 Santa Fe
February 18th, 2012 - May 20th, 2012
Opening: February 17th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mon-Tue 10-5
film, installation


SITE Santa Fe is pleased to present Time-Lapse, a group exhibition that challenges the notion that an exhibition is a fixed entity—with artworks that remain consistent throughout the run of the exhibition. Including installations, performances, and films, Time-Lapse explores the possibility of a more dynamic exhibition environment by including both artworks that change over time and utilizing curatorial structures that are based on change. With hourly, daily, and weekly alterations to the works in the show, no two days of Time-Lapse will be the same. The exhibition runs from February 18 through May 20, 2012.

The work in the exhibition takes the form of largescale installations in the galleries; web-based media, as in the March 2012 Project; and a constantly evolving series of activities and events including film screenings, performances, discussion groups and lectures in the Time Capsule Lounge.

Questioning the nature of time is a subtext for some of the works in the exhibition; other works question the nature of current curatorial practice by exploiting alternative time-based exhibition platforms such as the performance series or the Internet.

Time-Lapse is co-curated by Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, and Janet Dees, Assistant Curator. Support for this exhibition is generously provided in part by Lisa and David Barker, Barker Realty.


Time-Lapse consists of works of art in which the notion of change over time is integral to the structure of the artwork itself. Mary Temple’s Currency is a drawing project the artist began on September 24, 2007 and has continued every day since. Temple creates a new drawing from images and headlines from various internet news sites, including The New York Times. She makes a portrait of a political figure depicted in the news and creates accompanying text that is an amalgam of the headline and the image caption. During the run of Time-Lapse, Temple will scan her daily drawings and send a digital image to SITE, where the image will be printed out and added to a growing grid of drawings on the gallery walls. Byron Kim’s Sunday Painting is a project he has been engaged in since 2001. Each Sunday, Kim creates a painting of the sky from wherever in the world he finds himself. The skyscapes are coupled with diaristic text, creating a dialogue between the infinite and the everyday. Each week of Time-Lapse, Kim will send a new Sunday Painting to SITE.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will present a selection from a body of technological-based artworks he refers to as Recorders, which depend upon audience participation to take form. Pulse Index, for example, is an interactive installation in which participants’ fingerprints and heartbeats are recorded and become the visual and sonic material of the artwork. Eve Sussman | Rufus Corporation’s whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is an experimental film noir set in a dystopian “future-oplis” named City A. The film is edited in real time through a custom-designed computer algorithm that draws on 3,000 film clips, 80 voice-overs and 150 pieces of music. The film runs continuously with a constantly changing narrative that never presents the same juxtapositions of images, words, or music.


In 1969, Seth Siegelaub, pioneering supporter of conceptual art, organized March 1969 a.k.a. One Month, an exhibition that existed only in catalogue form. Siegelaub invited thirty-one artists to contribute a work; one for each day of the month. Time-Lapse curators Irene Hofmann and Janet Dees have conceived of a project that is an homage to Siegelaub’s ground-breaking “exhibition,” updated for today’s virtual, technological world. March 2012 will be hosted on the homepage of SITE’s website. Each day during March one work by a different artist will be featured. The participating artists are an intergenerational group currently working with conceptual, time-based and media-oriented practices. March 2012 artists include: Axle Contemporary Art, Daniel Bejar, Beth Coleman, Ron Cooper, Brent Green, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Jennie C. Jones, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Linda Montano, Paul Notzold, Geof Oppenheimer, Ben Patterson, Dawit Petros, Adrian Piper, Liliana Porter, Postcommodity, Mark Tribe, and Donald Woodman among others. A cumulative archive of the project will be presented in the galleries. If you visit SITE during the month of March you will be able to view all the works presented on the website up to that day. During the months of April and May an archive of all thirty-one works will be on view.


The Time Capsule Lounge occupies a physical space within the exhibition for a constantly evolving series of activities and events including an ongoing time-inspired film program curated by Jason Silverman; a time-travel library selected by Cynthia Melchert, Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse’s sci-fi specialist; performances; discussion groups; and lectures. As part of the programming in the Time Capsule, Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf will present a series of performances on selected Fridays.


In the Time Capsule Lounge, a film series exploring the different ways time has been treated within the history of cinema will be screened continuously. Curated by Jason Silverman, Director of Center for Contemporary Art’s (CCA) Cinematheque, the films are:

       A Trip to the Moon (1902), the best-known film of Paris magician Georges Méliès, in which a group of scientists send men to the moon in a rocketship to discover strange beings and landscapes. Recently digitized in the most expensive restoration in cinema history, with the new soundtrack by legendary French band AIR, the film stands as a turning point in the history of fantasy, depicting worlds and times collapsing and colliding.

       La Jettée (1962). Iconic experimental documentary filmmaker Chris Marker tells the strange, fractured story of a man who, after an apocalypse, is sent first into the past via time travel, and then into the future, only to find the strands connected. Even as Marker’s use of still images, which constitute the bulk of the film, plays with our temporal expectations, he also pulls us back and forth along an imagined timeline.

       Powers of Ten (1977). Starting with a picnic on the banks of Lake Michigan, Charles and Ray Eames take us to the edge of the known universe, and then back into the world of subatomic particles, situating us in a conceptual space where we can reconsider our notions of time.

       Primer (2004). Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and then nearly buried due to distribution problems and rarely seen since, Shane Carruth’s $7,000 feature film follows two young scientists who build a time travel box, hoping to game the financial system. Problems ensue.


For SITE’s Time Capsule Lounge, Meow Wolf presents a series of flowing performances, discussions,
and moving image meditations that slip into and out of the Lounge’s expanse of space and time, activating the room with an experimental theater piece entitled Novelty. Additional rogue-like moments
will include spontaneous poetry and dance, costumed characters, and live creation of visual art.

Meow Wolf is a cultural project that creates art installations, produces music shows, forms relationships, welcomes newcomers to Santa Fe and provides individuals with an open space to be expressive. Its highly acclaimed project “The Due Return” was presented at the Center for Contemporary Arts in 2011.

Meow Wolf Performance Schedule:
Thursday, Feb 16 at Members Opening, 6–7 pm
And from 5–7 PM on the following dates:
Friday, Feb 17 at Public Opening
Friday, Mar 9
Friday, Apr 6
Friday, May 18


In a unique collaboration with Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, the Time Capsule Lounge offers visitors the opportunity to relax and read. Time travel to your heart’s content with selections from a library of science fiction featuring classics and contemporary additions to the genre from the ever popular Time Machine by H.G. Wells to the newly released 11/22/63, by Stephen King.

Curated by Cynthia Melchert, Collected Works’ sci-fi specialist, many of the titles will be available for purchase from the SITE bookstore.

Information about events in the lounge will be constantly updated and made available at SITE as well as on SITE’s website and social media platforms.

Special thanks to David Merrill for the design of the Time Capsule Lounge; Joanne Lefrak, Director of Education and Outreach and Juliet Myers, Curator of Public Programs for organizing programming in the Time Capsule Lounge; Jason Silverman, Director of CCA’s Cinematheque for organizing the film series in the Time Capsule Lounge; Cynthia Melchert of Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse for curating the Time Travel Library; and Filip Celander for developing the time-lapse films of the exhibition. Special thanks to anagram for developing the March 2012 website.

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