Saturday 18 August 2012

The Publication

Time Capsules and Conditions of Now is available at:

Banner Repeater, London
Inc. livros e edicoes de autor, Porto

Instructions follow as:
A. Fold out the publication on a large surface
B. Each contribution occupies 3, mostly 4 and sometimes more than 4 pages
C. Follow the key (name-image) on the back cover to find out who has contributed with what
D. Fold the publication via bringing complementary pages together
E. Or fold and read as you wish
F. Do not forget to fold across sides

Friday 27 January 2012

Events - Fig.4: Time Capsules and Conditions of Now

Fig. 4, Events and Publication Launch
Saturday, 7 January 2012, 5-8PM 

Live Diagramming, Lisa Skuret
Performance as exercise in 'reading', 'writing' and reconfiguration in which audience-participants created a live diagrammatic fiction - a new force at play within the exhibition.

On Time Capsules and Conditions of Now, Curator's Talk: Fatos Ustek
+ Artists' talk: Ole Hagen, Kaz, Vanda Playford and Lisa Skuret discuss their work and the research project, Vision Forum London.

Publication Launch

'Live Diagramming', Lisa Skuret
'Live Diagramming', Lisa Skuret
'Live Diagramming', Lisa Skuret
Fatos Ustek, Curator's Talk
Fatos Ustek, Curator's Talk
Publication Launch
Publication Launch
Publication Launch

Friday 13 January 2012

Opening - Fig. 4: Time Capsules and Conditions of Now

David Roberts Art Foundation, London
5 January 2012


Exhibition @ David Roberts Art Foundation, London

Fig. 4: Time Capsules and Conditions of Now - Installation view

Fig. 4: Time Capsules and Conditions of Now, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012)


Ground Floor:

Lisa Skuret, Audio-Fictions, 2011, 7 MP3 Players
- As in a Particular Case of Time-Space
- Enter Red-Consciousness
- One Damn Thing After Another OR An Empathic Mirror-Touch
- "Derek Tastes of Earwax" or Now is Five-Fold Synaesthesia

Kaz, Never the Same Stream, 2012
Double video projection installation, glass sheets, mirror ball, and mirror ball motor

Soledad Garcia, Why Patterns?

Ole Hagen, I Can See You, 2012
Mixed media

Vanda Playford, Lucy, 2012, Diptych
Photographic C41 Colour Print

Lisa Skuret, One Damn Thing After Another OR An Empathic Mirror-Touch, 2012
Fiction-Installation (continued on the lower floor)

Ole Hagen, I Can Hear You, 2012
Mixed Media

Vanda Playford, Feline, 2012, Diptych
Photographic C41 Colour Print

Lower Floor:

Lisa Skuret, One Damn Thing After Another OR An Empathic Mirror-Touch, 2012
Fiction-Installation (as continued from the ground floor)

Soledad Garcia, Adenosine, 2011
Reel Tape

Kaz, Chasing Your Own Tale, 2012
Video projection installation with mirror ball and mirror ball motor

Ole Hagen, I Can Touch You, 2012
Mixed Media

(all photographs are copyright of Sylvain Deleu)

Lisa Skuret wishes to thank Dustin Ericksen and Seth Ayyaz; Ole Hagen wishes to thank Ollie Verschoyle, Kit Poulson and Hareth Pochee; Soledad Garcia wishes to thank Juan Luis Martinez and D21 Galleria de Arte.

Monday 12 December 2011

Exhibition & Publication January 2012

Time Capsules and Conditions of Now is an artistic research project initiated by curator and art critic Fatos Üstek and supported by Vision Forum, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. The project investigates the notion of encounter through the introduction of a variety of conditions where the reception and recollection of the ‘present moment’ diverges.

Time Capsules and Conditions of Now simultaneously takes the form of a publication and an exhibition. The research team is made up of artists, curators and writers who have together embarked upon heterogeneous explorations of the conditions of now in the continuously shifting constellation of time-presence-gravity. Lisa Skuret, Vanda Playford, Kaz, Ole Hagen, Soledad Garcia and Jean Matthee, have undertaken experimentation at sites of historical figures such as Sir John Soane, T.S. Eliot, E. Swedenborg and S. Freud along with first-person experiences of shamanic journeying with Zoe Bran, gardening with quantum physicist Julian Barbour and meditating at 10-day vipassana silence retreat.

For this phase of the project the artists and curators in shifting from an engagement within the group, have used their research and experiences to create objects of reflection and interaction for an audience. The exhibition at David Roberts Art Foundation, London (06-12.01.2012) is accompanied by a publication. Time Capsules and Conditions of Now is the outcome of several group actions, but the physical manifestation in the space is also a zone where time speeds up or slows down to reveal the multi-dimensional yet immanently insubstantial omnipresence of the eternal now. The project playfully activates a flux of encounters and transformational objects while the artworks take on eclectic forms: a sound, a letter, a photograph, a diagram, a scent, a journey, a lecture and a book.

The publication is a two-dimensional leporello, designed by Simon Josebury, printed at Calvert, London, January, 2012.
ISBN: 978-91-978934-6-6

Tuesday 14 June 2011

LUNÄ Table Talk @ Spike Island 15.06.2011

Marjolijn Dijkman's LUNÄ (2010), part of her Spike Island exhibition Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, pays tribute to the Lunar Society, a group of eighteenth century thinkers who met to discuss the topics of their age including exploration, collecting and the possibility of progress. The artist has reproduced the large oval table around which they held their meetings in a portable, flat pack form that she can transport with her around the world to stage similar conversations.

At Spike Island the group invite the audience to participate in a series of playful engagements with time and presence, while exploring these phenomena through artistic, authorial and curatorial productions. The event coincides with the full moon, in homage to the original Lunar Society.

Sunday 22 May 2011

Gardening with Julian Barbour 21.5.11

On the 21st of May, the group visited Julian Barbour, quantum physicist, at his home in the north of Oxfordshire.

We dove into various spaces of investigation on the nature of time and features of gravity while working with him in his delightful garden.

Monday 16 May 2011

Talk at Birmingham University 10.5.11

Research Symposium:
Time Capsules and Conditions of Now

Tuesday 10 May 5.30 – 7.30pm

In a series of BIAD symposiums on interdisciplinary research; researchers, PhD and MA students are invited to a presentation by curator Fatos Ustek and artist/GP Vanda Playford in conversation with Ole Hagen on the notion of speculative research, collaboration and interdisciplinary experimentation.

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Journey back, 30.4.11

Objects of Resemblance, Correspondance and Reflection by Fatos Ustek

On the train journey back to London, Fatos has distributed five envelopes specially accustomed to each participant carrying various selection of objects. She has asked from the receivers of the envelopes to reflect upon a possible relationship with the objects-contained, which have been collected by the universal consciousness during their retreat and channelled through a selection taken place beforehand. Upon a completing a narrative shared in the group, each could pick one of the objects and claim ownership.

Dhamma Dipa Vipassana Retreat 19-30.4

Between 19 - 30 April we attended a Vipassana Retreat at Dhamma Dipa, Hereford. For 10 days, we abstained from talking, stealing, killing, sexual conduct and lies - attaining Noble Silence - with a regularity of eating and meditating, we have studied the mastery of 'now'.

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.

Saturday 30 April 2011

Train journey to Hereford 19.04.11

by Kaz

We all met at Paddington Station with our bags to go on a train journey to Hereford via Newport Gwent.

Kaz had requested the member of the group to watch the movies listed below relating to train journeys before arriving at Paddington.

On the train, each member was issued with a notebook.

Monday 18 April 2011

Swedenborg Encounter, 17.4.11

Intuiting the Swedenborgian UFO

by Lisa Skuret

A site-specific performative workshop exploring methods of collaborative ‘reading’ and ‘writing’, time, and intuition through exercises drawing on polymath and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg’s extensive knowledge productions. Activities included singing with and after-service tea, biscuits and conversation with members of the Swedenborgian Church congregation; and outdoor group exercises exploring methodologies from psychometry, flash-fiction writing, meditation practice, and chaos magic.