Week 9 (Apr. 14)

TIME and DURATION in late capitalism: the ETERNAL PRESENT


1. Keep track of your stream-of-consciousness for one hour. Think about how you might take notes about your state without this note-taking interfering and becoming part of your stream of consciousness. (Creating a feedback loop!) (Note taking can be sonic, visual, diagrammatic).

2. After the experience, notate these elements on a timeline (divided into 60 minutes):

a) How did your sense of time change as the experience evolved? Use a curve to indicate whether time is passing in a solid (slow), liquid (medium) or gaseous (rapid) state.

b) How did your sense of PRESENTNESS, being-in-the-moment, change? What role did anticipation of the future and recollection of the past (memory) play in altering your sense of present time?

c) Note the memories which occur to you, the original experiences in your life which they refer to and their position in your personal history.

d) How did your bodily state evolve over this one hour? Did your bodily condition influence your ability to focus on your stream of consciousness?

e) What about boredom? How would you describe that state? Try and be as specific as possible and think beyond the conventional perspective of boredom as a negative.


Example of timeline: feel free to use different measurement methods, different elements to measure, and different visualization methods.


Bergson – spatial vs. durational time (Zeno’s Paradox)

SPATIALIZED time: non-linear editing systems spatialized timeline, Soundcloud (time reduced to a blink-of-an-eye)

Jameson – the Eternal Present (what are the advantages of being maintained in the present?)

Greenberg and Fried: CHRONOPHOBIA – fear of time (what were they afraid of?)

ADMINISTERED time : disciplinary society : Time and Motion Studies (Fordism), melting of bells in Revolutionary France

how time passes in post-Fordist CONTROL SOCIETY: instant feedback, control and communication, “just-in-time” capitalism


Christian Marclay – The Clock (spatialized time, Deleuzian movement-image)

James Benning – Ruhr, last section (durational time, Deleuzian time-image)

Tehching Hsieh – One Year Performance series

Ryan TrecartinA Family Finds Entertainment (distraction / fragmentation of codes)

POST-CONTINUITY – Tony Scott (Déjà Vu / Man on Fire)

MUSAK and modulation of space



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