The Struggle for Time and the Power of Temporariness
Time is a crucial resource in the conduct of human power relations of the modern era. I am interested in exploring what our notions of time can reveal as ways to create our sense of being in time on terms we find agreeable. The modern era, with its perception of human beings as enlightened and free, stimulated creation of mechanisms for the standardization and organization of time in the hope of harvesting the most of our capacity. This enhancement and institutionalization of time-measuring instruments – expressed in punctuality, coordination, control and pre-arranged timetables, have pressed upon us predetermined modes of our being in time. By decolonizing / deterritorializing time and reclaiming it to our own modes of function, liberatory trajectories may emerge. The construction of an alternative awareness of time becomes a core instrument not only of active resistance but also of the reflexive construction of one's self as an autonomous being.