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This article was posted on 01 Jun 2014, and is filed under Volume 3, Issue 1.

Being with Time, reviewing TIME (Documents of Contemporary Art)

Megan Garrett-Jones

Abstract: On 25 September 2013, Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press released TIME, the latest book in their Documents of Contemporary Art series. On 10 July 2013 at 14:32, I emailed the book’s editor, Amelia Groom, to ask for a copy to review. She replied two days later (12 July 2013) at 12:36. Some time in October 2013 the book arrived by post. TIME is a compilation of texts from artists and thinkers exploring a wealth of conceptions of time beyond that which is measurable, linear and driven towards the unified progress of humanity. It comes in light of contemporary obsessions with timekeeping and productivity. Among other times, I spent three of my days off work composing this review, which asks how rethinking time might also be a rethinking of solidarity. This April (2014), I am revising the article in light of my peers’ reviews. I am thinking about meaning as encounter, as being in the presence of some thing in the world. Writing and art (documents) are meeting points, permitting a being present with that not only forges meanings across time, but also creates our very notion of it. The term solidarity can be useful in rethinking our attention to being with in time, while the considerations of temporality in this review allow us to rethink solidarity as action not only in time, but across times.

Keywords: time; duration; art theory; Whitechapel Gallery; solidarity.

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Biography: Megan Garrett-Jones is a writer and an artist who works in performance. She has a Research Masters in Performance and Creative Research from the University of Roehampton, London, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the School of Music and Drama at the University of Wollongong. Megan’s explorations into time-based writing find occasional iteration on tumbr (http://timewrite.tumblr.com) and, coupled with an interest in performance in public, engendered her ongoing Advice To Park Users project (http://www.meggj.com/blog.php?index=advicetoparkusers#). Her Masters research focused on socially engaged art, for which she produced the walking tour Now, Monument with the assistance of young people in Tower Hamlets. She continues to follow questions on social value in art through the fledgling project ‘Artists’ Independent Auditing Creating Value’ (http://artistsindependent.tumblr.com), for which she gave a presentation at the University of Exeter International PG and Early Career Researcher Drama Conference in January 2014.

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Time (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Edited by Amelia Groom
Co-published by the Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press
www.whitechapelgallery.org

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