01 July 2018


The Long Now

Me Collectors Room Berlin

8 July – 27 August 2018



“The Long Now. Reflexions on Time and Transcience” exhibition takes time as a concept, a dimension of perception, and way of representation.


Time has various motifs that emerge in many different ways in art, philosophy, and science as phenomena and as measurable units. The size of time can be understood in two ways. On the one hand, there is the experienceable, sensual period, and on the other, there is the actual progress visualised by the clock’s hands. As a result, an important role is played by basic concepts such as calm and restlessness, acceleration and deceleration, instantaneousness, permanence, and transience.

“The Long Now” exhibition asks what time means in an “accelerated modernity” and a “global simultaneity conveyed by media”, what the present means, and how long it will last.

Included in the exhibition is Mark Formanek’s project “Standard Time”, which is a 24-hour film about the precision of time down to the minute. A large construction of assembled wooden slats depicting a digital clock is on show. In order to display time continually and accurately, craftsmen reconstruct the exhibit extremely fast and with precision. “Standard Time” is a video performance in which commitment, a sense of duty, discipline, and punctuality all play a part. A copy of the film can be obtained from Formanek’s website.


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