Time Line

Andrew J. Paterson

2015, 04:00 minutes, Colour, English


Time Line is what it looks and sounds like. This non-camera video takes its structure from the seven-day calendar and from the Derwatt song Ping Pong, which lists the singers’ personal schedules according to their calendar. Time Line thus begins with a blank slate or a completely white canvas. Various events on the calendar are briefly imposed onto the white canvas. Some events rate an image and some don’t. Are the latter events or chores un-representable due to their routine banality? And why are the events or actions represented not done so literally or figuratively? Time Line retrenches Nam June Paik’s Zen For Film without completely letting a projector or exhibiting apparatus completely determine the intrusions onto the basic white screen or canvas. It is an example of a media work that can only be exported from its editing system by retaining that system’s grid. Since events are infrequent, so are other images than the omnipresent canvas or white wall. Some lives or schedules are, of course, far more exciting than they may appear to be at surface level.

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