Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8EQ
+44 (0)20 7274 7474
Sat 2 Nov – Sat 21 Dec 2013, Mon-Sat, 1.30 – 5.00pm
Opening evening with performance Fri 1st November, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Late opening with curator’s tour at 7.00pm Fri 29 Nov, 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.
Either way, time is not the simple matter it seems when reading a clock.
Much of the work has been made especially for this show by its international cast of artists: Emma Bennett, Tereza Buskova, Andy Charalambous, Susan Collins, Clarisse d’Arcimoles, Alison Gill, Nick Hornby, Alex Hudson, Livia Marin, Pernille Holm Mercer, Nika Neelova, Christina Niederberger, Harald Smykla and Dolly Thompsett.