Uncertainty Seminars:

07.
Shaping Time

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A year in which the suppression of a global pandemic has been the first priority, has often felt like being back at square one. Pandemic time is hybrid: spending so much time at home can feel like being slowed down at the same time as being sped up, linear as well as perpetually cyclical. And although this time may feel never ending, it also provides opportunities to imagine radical alternatives to the way we organize our societies: mass gathering, policing, office work, low budget flying, and even democracy have all had their end proclaimed recently.


Science Fiction author Kurt Vonnegut theorized that there is a shape to each story that can be diagrammed. Researchers working from Vonnegut’s theory determined in 2016 that virtually all fiction can be classified into six distinct types; the same linear stories are told over and over. US: Shaping Time seeks to challenge that idea, by presenting art that connects deep histories to future projections, long histories of labor to sudden accelerations, radical imaginations to lived transformations.


Starting from the position that art has the agency to imagine and shape the future, seven artists, theorists, composers, coders, curators and filmmakers puncture the bubble of pandemic time. US: Shaping Time features a board game on the way the covid pandemic has accelerated political realities; a film that challenges the notion of time itself; a discussion on the international allyships needed to remake the art world from the principles of transformative justice; a visual essay that connects the lives of dinosaurs to the possibility of outer-space utopias; and an A/V performance that questions why the end of the day looks like the end of the world.


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