Interdisciplinary Seminar: Time (VA2120.01)

Mariam Ghani

A semester-length exploration of time – first as a phenomenological experience; second as a scientific, social and fictional construct, e.g. clock time, atomic time, machine time, entropic time, queer time, and time travel; third as broken into the fundamental elements of time-based practices – duration and repetition, simultaneity and succession, break and flow, narrative arcs and logics – and differentiated between time elapsed within the work and time experienced by the audience. Readings will range from psychology to philosophy, social and scientific history, to film and literary theory and performance studies, as well as writing by artists and authors directly engaged with fundamental questions about the parameters of time-based practice. We will examine both the historical implications of the standardization of timekeeping, and the economic consequences of the invention of timetables, especially in relationship to the 19th-century imperial expansion that some have called the ‘conquering of space by time.’ Particular attention will also be paid to film and performance practices from the 1960s and early 70s, including Fluxus and Structuralism, and more recent projects that re-frame similar questions about duration for the theoretically infinite loops of new technologies. We will also look at contrasting approaches in art and philosophy informed by slowness and accelerationism. Students will produce one short (3-5 minute) project in the time-based medium of their choice at mid-term, which may be a collaboration, and may either write a paper or produce a longer (10-15 minute) project for their final.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
T 2:10-5:50
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only
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