TIME::CODE is an exhibition of video art selected from Whitebox Art Center’s archive. The exhibition’s title and curatorial framework metaphorically weave the technical nomenclature for video and film synchronization, and the experimental film directed by Mike Figgis. The former is addressed in the ostensible historical arc of the exhibition consisting of important works by early video pioneers including Michael Snow, Carolee Schneeman, and others, which are shown along side succeeding generations of video artists who have engaged the medium in an innovative manner as their predecessors. The exhibition, however, resists conventional sequential mapping of video art via its other point of thematic departure: Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000).
Timecode was created by four cinematographers whom each shot a non-stop, 90-minute take. These individual shots were then simultaneously played on one screen split into four sections. TIME::CODE adopts this trope via a constellation of video works that coalesce in their disparate shifts between single and multichannel, analog, digital and animation, as well as diverse display formats including LCD, CRT monitors, projection, sculpture, and installation.
The individual works run the gamut of subject matter that draw from the personal to the public, from reality to the imaginary, and coupled with TIME::CODE’s exhibition presentation, critically engage social and political issues of our global contemporaneity.