Join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the development of human modes of measuring and understanding time as part of the public programme for The Habitat of Time curated by Julie Louise Bacon.
Once every four years, here in the collective habitat of Earth time, 365 becomes 366 as the missing day of the leap year makes another appearance in the now-global calendar. This quadrennial occurrence foregrounds the essentially malleable nature of time. From the earliest lunisolar calendar developed in Babylon during the Bronze Age, to the invention of atomic clocks in the mid 20th century, and speculations on the quantum realm in the laboratories of today, time’s parameters have taken on new guises, shaping and regulating life in the process.
The Missing Day roundtable explores the development of human modes of measuring and understanding time, and their impact on the ways we order time as societies, individuals and a species. The discussion will bring together perspectives on observing, keeping and speculating on time from the fields of contemporary art, the history of science and physics. It will consider the emergence of the modern regimes of time that dominate social life, their limits and the possibilities beyond.
Featuring: Emily Akkermans, Curator of Time, National Maritime Museum Greenwich; Ted Hunt, London-based artist and creator of Circa Solar; Ami Clarke, artist and founder of the contemporary art space Banner Repeater in London and Chamkaur Ghag, Professor of Physics at UCL. Chaired by Arts Catalyst associate curator Julie Louise Bacon.
The roundtable will open with 10-minute presentations by the invited speakers. This will be followed by an informal discussion and an invitation to those attending to ask questions and contribute ideas. Entry is free but please book in advance
This event forms part of the public programme that accompanies The Habitat of Time exhibition presented at Arts Catalyst from 20th Feb-14 March 2020. The exhibition explores the way that time as a medium shapes our perception of life, the structure of societies, and the vastness of the physical world.