In Search of Lost Time

In Search of Lost Time

Time is a fascinating concept.

Because of the ever-accelerating development of communication technology and cyberspace, we have become accustomed to the idea that fastness has hijacked time. In the West, fastness has taken full possession of our lives. We live in the culture of the immediate. This goes hand in hand with the economic globalization, where the “just-in-time” procedure reigns supreme.

We also constantly try to shorten our time, by a continuous acceleration of our rhythm. The proverb, “time is money” is more true than ever. The inverse, ‘money is time’, is definitely also true these days.

A canvas created with small plastic bags, hanging next to each other. Convenient carriers for the products we purchase. They become a token of our consumption culture: more, faster, superficial. In each bag one finds a piece of a rice bag, symbolic of the daily slowness in developing countries. Every piece of rice bag is locked inside a blue plastic bag. In the process of trying to understand this slowness, the image is confiscated and divided it into small compartments.

The installation: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME is a triptych and tells a story by revealing large slides; each of them acting as a unique chapter of an entity.

Pause” is the first installation of that triptych, to be complemented by the second installation Losing time?and the final one, called “In adoration of the beauty of slowness.

Pause” is about the confrontation between the South and the West. Between slowness and fastness.

A flower is growing on the canvas, while at the bottom, fast-forward lines are crossing the stem of the flower, meeting each other. Where are these lines going, so fast? Trying to catch the stem? Trying to understand the slowness? A flower that emanates a certain desire. The ambiguity the flower carries with her, intrigues. On the one hand, she is strange. On the other hand, she is attractive and makes you feel comfortable. You can almost hear the flower growing. Slowness reduced to the rhythm of a heartbeat. A rhythm that we almost forget – a meeting with time. This attractive slowness symbolizes a kind of purity. It is mystic and anticipates very well the desire, of the citizens of a hectic world.

A flower: The fast-forward meets the slowness. For a moment, taking a rest. Stand still. Pause.

Pause, in life.

Pause, in fastness and multitude.

Pause, as a button, versus FFWD.