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Time Keeps on Ticking, Ticking, Ticking, Ticking, Ticking, Ticking......

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Image: Graham Dolphin, The Possibilites Are Endless, 2008

Time. It's an old topic. From cave paintings to code paintings, the recording of time is among the most basic and persistent of subject matters seen in art, and it has very often propelled new tools for keeping itself measured. Oddly enough, despite time's catalyzing role in the innovation of techniques and technologies, time-based media has all too often been left out of exhibitions surveying creative explorations of time. But the current exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts, entitled "Timecode," takes the pulse of temporality from a more electronically enlightened perspective. The show does include works employing painting and sculpture, but puts them in conversation with works such as Thomson & Craighead's "narrative clock," Horizon (2009), in which webcams around the world convey a perpetual horizon, and Tatsuo Miyajima's large-scale LED timepiece, Counter Void S-1 (2003). Situated next to classic performance works by the likes of Douglas Gordon and On Kawara, and of course the eponymous multi-channel film by Mike Figgis, the show holds a lens to the myriad ways in which time endures as an organizing principle for our lives and our creativity. - Marisa Olson

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Steve March 2 2009 12:55Reply

First off, I have to admit, that I really enjoy this piece. The title of "The Possibilities Are Endless" coupled with an LCD number screen with all the bars lit up is a perfect match. You get a sense that literally anything could happen while looking at the numbers for hours, minutes and seconds. Is it going to start? Is it stopped? Is it randomly frozen at 88:88:88? Ok, so aside from the obsessive amount of questions this raises, it also points out the oddity that is time itself. As humans, we more or less created the concept of time (as in hours and "what time is it?") In doing so we gave ourselves an imaginary, intangible enemy. People are always fighting time, trying to meet deadlines and so on and so on. Therefore, with the pre-existing attitude towards time, seeing a digital clock all lit up like this makes us feel uneasy, and out of that uneasiness, comes all the questions about what is going on with the clock.

Bill April 5 2009 21:42Reply

At first I saw the picture and thought it was a doomsday counter. It certainly inspires one to think from within.

Mike Enos April 13 2009 13:23Reply

Time is powerful. Humans are the ones that adjust on it and not the other way around.

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Rick Blackmon April 13 2009 17:11Reply

There is an old adage that says "Time waits for no one." I can certainly attest to that. I will be 75 years of age this Friday and I have no idea where the years have gone. The hours and minutes seem to drag by while the months and years fly by. I can hardly believe my baby son turned 40 this year. It seems like last week that I was coaching "The Green Machine" which was his little league baseball team. I guess I have spent too much of my time in front of a computer.
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Rick Blackmon April 13 2009 17:15Reply

Moderators…Please delete my prior post.
There is an old adage that says "Time waits for no one." I can certainly attest to that. I will be 75 years of age this Friday and I have no idea where the years have gone. The hours and minutes seem to drag by while the months and years fly by. I can hardly believe my baby son turned 40 this year. It seems like last week that I was coaching "The Green Machine" which was his little league baseball team. I don't remember the person that said ""Too soon we get old and too late smart. " I guess I have spent too much of my time in front of a computer.
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