We have spoken about time as form, as formless, as linear and circular, time as an expression of memory and time and its relationship with language. These are some of the ways in which we understand time. But how does space determine action and movement? Can space be independent of time and memory? Is time, physical time, determined by the outside? Drawing on examples of early calendars and almanacs we spoke about the calendar as determined by the societies. How societies create calendars that look to the external to determine time flow and passage.
Similarly, in the early years of photography, when the photographs were restricted to the studio space, people appeared a certain way that attempted to be natural but, were instead, an expression of how they wished to be viewed. And through a close reading of these images we were able to deconstruct the meaning hidden between the layers of the picture itself. As the camera became more available to people and homes, the ways in which we captured and what we captured also began to change – photographs became a documentation of the passage of time when moments could be documented – family holidays and birthdays for example. At a basic level of understanding the camera, which became portable, was no longer contained in a space; but how do we interact with the camera now? and more importantly how does space interact with its subjects? Are they more ‘real’ now?
During these conversations we also looked at the ways in artists have represented movement through their work. Looking at the works of Alberto Giacometti we spoke about space and moments that are captured – how do we see these sculptural works, how do they interact in spaces, can we view them in isolation or do they need the gallery space to contextualise them? In performance art, how do artists confront and engage with space through their performance. Looking at the works of Motio Yamamoto and his exploration of grief through contemplation, we began to think about the ways in which we express, engage and encounter space.
The Time Studio looked at the ways in which we encounter the body, our bodies, in space and how does it interact with time?