An Atlas of Chronographic Things. Kunsthalle, Trondheim, 2020
An installation by The Deep Field Project – Diann Bauer, Jol Thoms and Neal White.
The first part of an ongoing project was commissioned as part of the exhibition ‘Who Wants to Live Forever?” at Kunsthalle, Trondheim, curated by Stefanie Hessler with Katherine Else Pedersen.
Featuring artists: Oreet Ashery, Solveig Bergene, Gideonsson/Londré, Jessica Harvey, Moa Israelsson, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Mercedes Mühleisen, Adrian Piper, Tabita Rezaire, The Deep Field Project (Diann Bauer, Jol Thoms, Neal White), and Anton Vidokle.
The project emerged out of a discussion about time machines between three artists. The curators write;
The research project in-progress, Time Machines, explores natural phenomena as “time machines” that allow us to imagine the past in the present. For example, lichenometry – a method for geochronological dating – can work as a time machine by way of lichen being used in the dating of rocks. The project contains a number artefacts, methodologies and pictures, all compiled in the form of an atlas, like a collection of different forms of knowledge and objects from the world that communicate different forms of time. This idiosyncratic archive unites research-based investigations by The Deep Field Project, which consists of three artists: Neal White’s work with ecologies exposed to human interaction, gerontology and cryonics; Jol Thom’s field work into the metaphysical consequences of posthumanism and neo-materialist philosophy on experimental physics; Diann Bauer’s investigations into notions of what the artist refers to as xenotemporality. This form of temporality sees time as existing outside the human experience, but simultaneously directly influencing our day-to-day life through technology, such as GPS satellites.