Capturing Time, selected by Jeremy Lewison from the collection of the Kadist Art Foundation, looked at the way in which six artists address issues relating to time.
In an age of instant communication concepts of time have shifted. What used to be considered rapid as little as fifteen years ago now seems interminably slow. Global communication is now instant, huge distances have shrunk to nothing, travel is speedy and more worryingly, changes to our planet which hitherto have been relatively slow, are now accelerating to the extent that the future is telescoped and time appears to be running out. Time is thus one of the major themes of our era.
Time however, is a human construct. While definitions of it may vary, arguably the most accurate would be the repetition of an identical event, such as the ticking of a clock or the constant flow of sand through an hour glass, the duration of such events being measurable in identical units. The medium of film is also a means to measure time since it runs at a specified speed, a specific number of frames per unit of time.
The alliance of time, motion and space is critical to our perception of the world. Time in alliance with motion can be used to calculate distance. Distance combined with time can be employed to calculate speed. Perhaps more importantly time defines the span of a life. We use time to measure experience, to form hierarchies, to calculate financial rewards, to navigate the world, to understand the origins of our existence, to measure our slow decay from birth to death, to arrange our experiences into memory. Without time there would be no history, no memory and no concept of future. Time is thus the essence of our existence.
Capturing Time included the work of Christiane Baumgartner, Zarina Bhimji, Katinka Bock, Tacita Dean, Elizabeth McAlpine and Simon Starling.