DAMNº 79 – Take Your Time
Speed has become the measure of success and fast is never fast enough. Now, urgent, instant. To pause, delay, slow down, or God-forbid stop altogether is to miss an opportunity and assist the competition. Everyone is a competitor – Take Your Time with DAMN 79.
DAMNº 79 – Take Your Time
DAMNº 79 – Take Your Time | Speed has become the measure of success and fast is never fast enough. Now, urgent, instant. To pause, delay, slow down, or God-forbid stop altogether is to miss an opportunity and assist the competition. Everyone is a competitor.
Fast news, fast networks, fast fashion. Being efficient, being productive no longer feels like a decision, but the only available option. Being competitive is essential to survival. Pace is a race and winning matters utmost. Stress and anxiety mount as we become more enslaved to technology.
In Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times efficiency is measured by the maximisation of rapid production through the progamming of human behaviour. And it’s not just in big busines, in culture too. Algorithms, fungible bits, virtual screening rooms. Our communication, surveillance, public and private habitats – it’s all run by algorithms that progamme other algorithms and so on.
Speed distorts our values – individualism, utility, efficiency, productivity, competition, consumption, and speed. But speed has its limits and is unsustainable. Other values that have been repressed need to be re-cultivated – sustainability, community, cooperation, generosity, patience, subtlety, deliberation, reflection, and slowness.
DAMNº 79 – Take Your Time, will delve into designers and artists working with, analysing, celebrating and critically denouncing this contemporary obsession with time. From hit Parisienne wonder boy Raphaël Barontini to new studio “b-theory” we see how leading cultural thinkers are manipulating and even denying time.
We see how time itself informs the most recent work of Australian artist Maree Clarke and how time spells memory for recent Eindhoven graduate Leo Maher.
We look at how ancient architecture is quite literally frozen in time and how some architecture survives time.
Artist Jeffrey Gibson tries to put time on pause to reflect back on all the assumptions that inform accepted narratives to think about alternative truths.
In fashion too we hear from Maxine Bédat and the race against time in the fast fashion industry.
And in art education we argue that it is time to talk about money, reality and survival if only to keep culture safe from the clutches of neo-liberalism.
We visit the Venice Architecture Biennale, specifically to projects that play with time – past and future – The Lithuanian Space Agency, and the Finnish Puutalo designs.
We talk to Scottish textile artist Erin McQuarrie about how she uses tapestry as a “marker of time”, and to Japanese artist Noboru Tsubaki who rings an alarm on the “recent times” with a critical take on the Anthropocene.
But perhaps it’s the thinking of Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa whose artistic practice was devoted to the idea of ‘how to live forever’ that positions the uncompromising cruelty of time as the true tragedy of our connection with it.