The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 28, 2012 - Art - 360 pages
The term 'temporality' often refers to the traditional mode of the way time is: a linear procession of past, present and future. As philosophers will note, this is not always the case. Christine Ross builds on current philosophical and theoretical examinations of time and applies them to the field of contemporary art: films, video installations, sculpture and performance works.

Ross first provides an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary studies on time, focusing on findings in philosophy, psychology, sociology, communications, history, postcolonial studies, and ecology. She then illustrates how contemporary artistic practices play around with what we consider linear time. Engaging the work of artists such as Guido van der Werve, Melik Ohanian, Harun Farocki, and Stan Douglas, allows investigation though the art, as opposed to having art taking an ancillary role. The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too forces the reader to understand the complexities of the significance of temporal development in new artistic practices.


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List of Figures
1 Craigie Horsfield Broadway 20012006
20 3 Melik Ohanian Hidden
1 Stan Douglas Overture 1986
2 Tatiana Trouvé Bureau of Implicit Activities Bureau dactivités implicites Administrative Module
6 Francis Alÿs Rehearsal I El Ensayo 19992001
11 Francis Alÿs When Faith Moves Mountains Cuandola femueve montañas 2002
13 3 14 Mark Lewis TD Centre 54th Floor 2009
Ruination Gone Wrong
Composition 433 with Trevor Carlson New York City 28 April 2007 six performances six films 2008
5 4 6 4 7 Tacita Dean Merce Cunningham Performs STILLNESS in three movements to John Cages
Simultaneity I
1 Melik Ohanian Peripherical Communities Dakar 2005
Simultaneity II
1 Harun Farocki Deep Play 2007

14 2 15 2 16 Guido van der Werve Nummer acht Everything is going to be alright 2007
Reverse Dolly Zoom Nude 2006
10 Mark Lewis Airport 2003
12 Mark Lewis Golden Rod 2006
1 Stan Douglas Overture 1986

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Christine Ross is Professor and James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Canada.

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