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  • Writer's pictureShriya Malhotra

Temporal Dimensions

Updated: Jan 22

In thinking of biological rhythms (heartbeats, circadian rhythms, musical deja vu, recurring memory) and mechanical temporality (time travel) they seem to overlap.

Personally, in terms of my practice, (which is is mostly drawing, painting and writing)—I move between connecting past present and future as forms of expression and thinking. I find the act of working on drawing, painting and writing as an act of being present – when time and action are in sync. Since the pandemic, it's become even more important to be fully in control of my own time, as respect to myself. In most experiences, when time is someone else's command area, it devolves badly.

I use mostly low-tech methods (as I find this a way of coping with the digital age) and sometimes it is a struggle with technology, although I love it very much for its potentials. In this way, the works I am creating are likely evidence of mechanical temporality overlapping with biological rhythms (maybe more internal rhythms including circadian rhythm and heartbeats among so many others) is what drives the works I make.

Time is an illusion, but timeliness and relevance are somehow temporal. Sound over time gives us music—I am hoping rather ambitiously that is what the paper will turn into but its unlikely! Some evaluations of meta-data that have included an aspect of time, but I have not yet worked out what the final product will be: Time to read: about 33.3 minutesWord count: 15694 words or 109719 characters.Word repetitions: urban (311)  crisis (4) public health (257); Tempo over the paper and sound : (trying to get midi files from p22 has not worked so far). In considering the correlations between biological and mechanical tempos as related to being human, AI, subjectivity, and the constitution of temporal orders— I think time affects the first and the second to a much lesser degree. We think of something as human when reconciling that there are sentient aspects to things that we consider alive, whatever that means. In some sense, I think the translations of my own text after breaking it down to base elements and re-patterning it helps it because this is a way of understanding something static in time, and of making it alive and interactive in a posthuman paradigm.

Decay overtime is a natural process, and in mechanical notions of worm holes or time travel, the decay is reduced or sped up depending on the form of travel. This seems important to consider, particularly because the life and work of women is governed as we all know by many mostly male clock creations.

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