Time and Presence imagines different ways of experiencing time and space (presence) through the agency of conceptual and earth art framed by philosophical writing from Barthes and Derrida.
There are 9 galleries many installed with interactive features. The artists: Robert Smithson, Tony Smith, Robert Morris, Sol Le WItt, Fred Sandback, Michael Heizer ending with a room of contemporary art: Golan Levin, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat, Paul Chan, Jim Campbell and Ghada Amer.
There is a reading room between the galleries that contains texts on a table and installed on the computer for easy read and downloads/printing of writings from these thinkers that form the context for this curated show. As well two rooms are viewing rooms, one dedicated to Derrida the 2001 production where Derrida speaks in his own words about his work, and another screening room where Robert Smithson is being shown. The idea of the show is to awake into a more critical experience of beingness rather than normalizing or accepting 'ordinary' as a static state of presence. Maps are a big visual element in showing the journey of thought (of philosophers beginning with Heidegger) to the Deleuze.
The proposal was written in 2006 and then abandoned, with the intention of returning. I have been working on my dissertation and frankly too scared / intimidated with the prospect of refining and getting this produced / accepted.
The first room and entrance to the show is a sculpture by Tony Smith "Eleven" installed with a projection of shadowy silhouettes barely discernible of infrequent cars--and the oft quoted line from a conversation between Sam Wagstaff and Tony Smith about the midnight ride he took in 1959 with several of his students from Bennington to an unfinished piece of the New Jersey Turnpike. "After this....It was the end of art-- "
So moved by hearing this, I understood this moment was the essence, one of those decisive moments when the ground (and context) for minimal, conceptual and contemporary art (temporal based art) was birthed. Naturally the show begins here.
This proposal exists, with detailed drawings and installation information for wall texts, quotes, etc for each room.