A collection of pieces looking at landscape through time, space and seasonal cycles.
This is a mixture of interactive, mix-media and photographic experimental pieces that look at different periods of time and space.
The way in which we perceive time has changed with the always on culture that we live in the speed of our lives can often feel like it is always in the fast lane. But if we see time from two different perspectives, Chronos in terms of chronology and a continuous time, and Kairos, ‘the opportune moment’ and finding the right moment to do something; it is a timeless space if chronos is a flowing stream of information kairos is the still pool of reflection yet increasingly the perception is that the pool is becoming smaller with less space to spend time there. This is not new.
The way we see time (and in turn space) and measure time has changed. We can measure time with the passing of the day, position of the stars and the moon and the changing of the seasons, but as time has moved on, we have changed how we use time.
The development of trains meant that a national time was created, before that time was measured using a local sundial, this is known as solar time. This meant that, Oxford Time was 5 minutes behind Greenwich Time, Leeds Time 6 minutes behind, Carnforth 11 minutes behind, and Barrow almost 13 minutes behind. It also meant that everything started to be measured to the minute, “the train was a 5 minutes late”, rather than, “the crops are ready for harvest”, “the days are getting longer”. But now technology has really had an impact on how we see time, all of our clocks are synchronised, everything is measured to the second (and less), and it can sometimes feel like everything is going faster and faster and the scrutiny we are under is greater, so how do we get out of the chronos and into the kairos, how do we value those moments of stopping and those of being in the stream of information? Because it is also having an impact on how we experience things too.
Primarily using the SouthDowns as a subject matter, the work aims to change how we perceive space and time around us and encourages us to take a moment to experience and value the Kairos.
This is an on going development of work. Please see below the current set of work and sources: