In allegorical paintings, time is often represented by a man with wings on his back, an hourglass hung at the waist, and a scythe held in hand. He was regarded as one who always unveiled the truth and took away beauty and life. After Isaac Newton, people believed that time unflinchingly moves forward with a constant speed until Einstein came up a the space-time dimension in his General Theory of Relativity. He claimed time could be dilated as the velocity changes. I am more interested in the time we experience, the “time” when we ask “what time is it”; and how does our sense of time change the way we see things.
For the most part, we experience the world in a linear (chronological) way. Thus everything is ruled by causality: The present is caused by the past and what is happening now will affect the future. Likewise everything that happens around us are influences us without our notice. We cannot predict how they might affect our future. The consequences are only shown in the future. Einstein considered it as fiction, but this is how we perceived the world, and our language, security, and traffic systems are all base on it.
Photographs in 20180122-20190123 were the by-product of the other project of mine named the Clock. For one year, I took one photograph every day when I woke up and made weekly collages based on rules I set up at the first day (20180122). During the year, I was continuously receiving new information, everything I learned and experienced changed me while the system was processing. I started to disagree with what I thought and felt unsatisfied with the rules I made. At the end of the year, I found those original photographs I took provided the evidence of how I changed. I decided to make this video on two days after the project was supposed to end, 20190123.
20180122-20190123 is a 367-second long video that includes 367 images taken throughout my 367days in chronological order. Each image appears for one second for the viewers, long enough for the brain to receive all the information but without time to process and do extra thinking, for example, to consider whether they demonstrate order or deeper connections, and what the objects in the images might represent. These images are the new wooden parts for my Ship of Theseus.