(TIME: MECHANISM) + WORK = AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT
LIVE PERFORMANCE Sunday May 13th, 3:15pm
Commissioned by ISCP
International Studio & Curatorial Program
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Time, unlike space, only flows in one direction. We can experience space walking forward, sideways and back, but we only experience time as it moves toward the future. In addition, different cultures experience time at different speeds, which might be a source for conflict.
AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT negotiates the European debt crisis by creating a new financial tool—a commodity derivative—by the two most powerful entities in the union: Germany and France.
Three dancers: German, French and Greek enact an abstract financial scenario involving language. The qualities of the Greek dancer are bundled and sold as commodity derivatives by Germany and France. All is told through movement, combined with language phrases spoken with an economy of consonants—in each of the three dancer’s respective languages.
The performance is a set of actions that trigger a chain of responses and activate the gallery space and hallways. The performers punch a time clock to underscore the movement transactions.
With Sandra Passirani, Martina Potratz and Savina Theodorou.
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After watching Brian Greene on PBS last night discussing quantum physics in The Fabric of the Cosmos, I had a question about time.
I read elsewhere (Time’s Arrow, an Oct. 8th article in New Scientist magazine) that currently, we think of Time as moving in one direction—forward—unlike the orientation of space, in which we can move in various directions. OK that makes sense.
But Greene talked about the discrepancy between quantum mechanics (micro particles) and the theory of relativity (macro). If this issue of space is unsettled, that what does it mean for Time? Can we also move through time in other directions that we are unaware of currently?
La Jetée, by Chris Marker, 1962, has influenced many artists’ and non-artists’ films. The most quotable is probably Twelve Monkeys. In La Jetée’s post-apocalyptic reality, the protagonist is told the only hope for the survival of the human race is not in travel to Space, but travel in Time. Specifically, travel through images already existing in one’s mind.
Is there a future?
I’ve been thinking about time often lately, especially since making the TYRANNY performance experiment. What is time, and why does it only move in one direction? Originally, I was interested in time because of its ties to production and capital. Being productive is a fucked up idea today. If you produce, then you are probably in the 99%, which means you get very little from this economic system. [ i took these photos on sunday at the queens museum during a talk by photographer andew moore. capital and art—i have many thoughts on that, but for starters, read this article, UMBILICAL CORD OF GOLD, by my friend Eleanor Heartney on artnet ] [ a detail from ‘national time clock, former cass technical high school building, 2009’. most of the photos in this exhibition were taken in deteriorated parts of Detroit. see other great deteriorated Detroit photos in this blog, which also illustrates an issue with this kind of photography—someone else can come around and take the same picture/s. and what does that mean for novelty and value? ]
Time in English
one expression i find curious is ‘spending time’. in an economic system, an expense, or a reduction, is not a positive thing. why does ‘spending time with friends’ imply the disposal of time—a negative verb? if I want to resist capital and production (let’s hang out) then i should also aim to resist time.
from a sociological view point, the following Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA) video by Professor Philip Zimbardo illustrates how the world divides into time zones, as well as religions, in a way that directly influences the terms of production. This is one way to explain why Germany has to bail out Greece and not vice versa, but it does not explain why the NY stock market sky-rocketed yesterday because of this news. National time is still very much off in this country, as well as in many other countries.