About the Artwork
How do we experience time passing? How do we keep track? Keeping Time describes a perception of time as inseparable from our environment, with moving water as a unit of measure. Two banners display a text adapted from Italo Calvino’s short story ‘Shells and Time’. The phrase is spoken by a shell lying on the seafloor millennia ago, as it witnesses the world taking shape around it and the invention of a human-centred notion of history. Through these experiences it voices the fragility of time and the inevitability of its passing, regardless of whether or not we keep track, as days and nights crash over us like waves.
Copyright the artist. Photo: © Nick Turpin