Rosana Antolí



In what way may time be shown as form and experience?

Today, the import of questioning standard linear notions regarding growth, time and development has been acknowledged. However, what remains to be recognized is the origin of this critique: indigenous populations, the environmental movement, and ecofeminist thinkers.

But is it possible to imagine time materially? As a distinct body? A wormlike snake ditto, twisted around their body? With repeated turns and returns, yet on their way to the body’s end, accordingly on their way to the very end?

Rosana Antolís When lines are time, curated by Martí Manen at Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona 1/7 2016 – 11/9 2016, plays with chronology as choreographed material movement in the form of installation and as circulating performance: In what way do I imagine time? How do I feel time?

Antolí transforms critique of the linear to form; the notion of time as something universally straight and flat is incorrect. As image and symbol for each and everyone’s separate experience it is wanting; events happen, feelings return, veer, make leaps, hurl, land, seem to cease, yet continue in the same body within a rectangular space.

Antolís’ time snake of accumulated moments is here seen as consciously exact; in accordance with and dependent upon the source, the unique consciousness:

You lose your shoe, you are five.
You drop your shoe, you are thirty-three.
You are unable to get your shoes on, you are sixty-seven.
You are eleven, you betray a friend.
You are forty-two, you are betrayed by a close friend.
You are one-hundred and seven, you lose your first friend, you make new friends.

To live through a feeling, to relive it as a new feeling resurrecting within the old. How would my time, your time, our lives, appear were they to take form in bended material like this? What kind of directed snarl sums up our time, our consciousness? When will my time turn into a form ready to be exhibited?



It is possible to perceive questions about time as individually existentially human ontological, although they are, simultaneously, social, societal, and concerns civilization. In what way would the conditions of different societies’ – the collectives of people and other beings – struggles, moments, snarls of seen, and seen again, felt and relived, unite in a curling snake body?


Translated from the Swedish AAM 26th of August 2016

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