The Clearing: Melismatic Palimpsest
Temporal drag, erotohistoriography, chronomornativity, horniness under capitalism, rhythm, dancing, and crip time. These are some of the topics addressed in this interview with queer theorist Elizabeth Freeman conducted by Amelia Groom, co-editor of the “No Linear Fucking Time” focus on Prospections. Freeman and Groom also discuss recent video installations by the artist duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, including (No) Time (2020), which is part of the No Linear Fucking Time exhibition at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.
A meditation on maritime trade routes, SEA – SHIPPING – SUN (2021) is a short film directed by Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison. It was shot over the span of 2 years but edited to simulate a single day, from dawn until dusk. The film is set against a soundtrack of shipping forecasts from archival BBC Radio 4 broadcasts. Created with the intention of inducing sleep or relaxation, SEA – SHIPPING – SUN gathers a vision of entanglement. We are left with history’s residue: a gentle, rocking waltz over the sea.
Weird Times (2021), is a 30-page chapbook by artists Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison on time-telling and hegemony. Featuring writing by Sia and images selected by Pattison, it is a brief history of the development of time-keeping technologies. The clock is disassembled as a political tool, a metronome of coercion and an accelerant of war power. Out of these mechanisms, resistant counter-tempos emerge.
In this short Afro-futurist story by Amiri Baraka from 1995, an unnamed inventor has found a way to travel back in time, through song. “I pushed the Anyscape into Rhythm Spectroscopic Transformation. And then I got it tuned to combine the Anywhereness and the Reappearance as music!” the inventor explains. “Now I added Rhythm Travel! You can disappear & reappear wherever and whenever that music played.”
An online conversation with performance artist Tehching Hsieh, writer Amelia Groom, and writer and curator Adrian Heathfield, moderated by BAK curator of public practice Rachael Rakes—on 20 January 2022. The conversation takes Hsieh’s work as a starting point in addressing performative time, labor time, gaps, and rhythms of endurance, among other things.