Time Piece 2020
‘Time Piece’ is a virtual platform which brings together an international community. It encourages the development of new artworks, which respond to current world events within the new online art ecosystems of our time.
On each day of Climate Week NYC (21st-27th September) an artist will take over Air Bridge Space, via Zoom’s portal, as part of a series of live online performances. The artists will be touching upon the current themes of climate justice as a human rights issue, the communities of the future and our relationship with our environment; all within the constructs of climate change’s non linear timeline.
Artists, poets, musicians, dancers and actors will initiate a rallying cry which embraces the current need for collective solidarity, healing and the willingness to form more diverse and meaningful alliances. The audience, as part of The Time Piece Collective, will encounter these phenomenological moments and collaboratively with the artist, represent a snapshot of our time.
But these artworks comes with a sense of urgency. As part of ‘Time Piece 2020’, these artists from around the world will be presenting for only 100 seconds: the time left on this year’s Doomsday Clock.
This ‘lack’ of time aims to reflect the current urgency around our climate action and also how meaningful this action can be with restraints. It also seeks to question how much we engage with online activity, with Instagram stories for example being a glorified 6 seconds long. We’re also interested in the different phenomenal and temporal experiences the audience will have of these varied performances, under the same time constraints.
Throughout the course of the week The Collective will move around the clock through different time zones, witnessing these fleeting moments, via a figure of eight: the diagrammatic representation of social-ecological systems for sustainability and resilience.
Our online community, be it artists and audience, will help foster opportunities to contemplate, contribute and continue these conversations offline, whilst building momentum for change.
At a time where live performances are having to adapt, virtual platforms have the potential to be utilised in new ways; to break down barriers, be more accessible, eco-friendly, as well as capture more imaginations… the world is now our stage.