2011 - REFLECTION
In current society, time is regarded as being scarce. We prefer to use it as economically as possible. Thanks to all kinds of technologies, we combine as many possibly activities in as little possible time. Even our hard-earned spare time is meant to be enjoyed as intensely as possible, not five minutes are to be ‘wasted’ on waiting, being bored or other ‘inferior’ usage. The clock keeps ticking, after all. Is another sensation of time not lost by this predominantly economical approach? Can we still surrender to time, without knowing beforehand where this leads us to?
The sanatorium and the concept of ‘heterotopia’ of Foucault was a thread in my investigation in time in relation to space and (social) health. In doing so, I made a series of illustrations matched to scenarios that translate the principles and concepts of ‘experience of time’ that I encountered during my investigation. A selection of these lead to a triptych of short animations, illustrating the three most important factors of my investigation: time, space and authority.
Aside from this, the various layers in our relation with time and the meaning of time in our society are investigated in the form of an essay. Can the opportunity to experience ‘inner time’ be created in our daily lives in which one is primarily guided by the clock? Can the principles of heterotopia play a part in all this? In other words: can we give ourselves the space to take our time?
Read the full Essay (Dutch): Rust Reinheid Regelmaat Nl
Subjective time scenario’s: scenarioboek