know time (Text/Object exhibition)

Michael Agzarian, Kari Piipo, Alan Rowlands

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Original - Visual art works


What is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I seek to explain it, I do not (St Augustine). This simple pithy statement summarizes the human experience. The human concept of time, visible throughout human societies from the ancients to the complexity of modern society, is so omnipresent and knowable and yet defies easy explanation. Coordinating and recording activity requires systems, temporal structures, to relate events to the regularities of the Universe. The temporal structure is an intrinsic part of the reality of everyday life. Each day demands that we synchronise what we want to do around the time that we have available. The temporal categories of the day, week, month, and year are all temporal structures for our projects. The time-order of everything we do appears an inherent part of the natural environment: Yet, it is a structure we are socialised into, internalise and accept as a fundamental reality. 1Know Time Synchronizing work with the time I know I have available doesn't always work for me so I collaborated with a couple of people to whom the opposite was the norm. As a result of discussions with Alan (Sydney) and Kari (Finland! ) I looked at visual ways to represent our differences and similarities, combining images, text and philosophies into a body of work that encapsulates our different ideas on time in and the things we do. The final outcome combines on two basic images I created: know time and no time. Know Time: The Project The project will continue to grow and develop with a number of artists keen to collaborate with an aspect of the project that requires them to respond to one of my art pieces within a given time frame of seven days. The end result will be a book of images that will showcase a variety of styles, techniques reflecting their understanding of time. 1. Thesis: The Myths of Time: The individual and social construction of temporal reality, by Dr. Alan Rowlands.7 November 2008 - 30 January 2009
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWagga Wagga
PublisherWagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
SizeFree standing piece - perspex 90 cm x 200cm
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventText/object: An exhibition of collaborative and inter-disciplinary works by staff of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University - Wagga Wagga, NSW
Duration: 06 Nov 200829 Jan 2009


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