Les Temps Inachevés and/or Lost in Time

I recently had a chance to visit the current exhibit at The Power Plant with my friend and colleague Edison Dueñas, and boy… was. that. ever. worth it! I must confess, I don’t get out to see shows as often as I wish. But despite my exhibit-deprived life, I know a good show when I see it.

Before I begin to tell you what makes the winter programming at The Power Plant so special, I have some more exciting news to announce.

Given The Edisons’ passion about art and cultural events, it has been our deep desire to share this enthusiasm with our lovely subscribers and curious visitors. Therefore we have started to develop our own programming with the goal of providing you – and who ever you choose to share our work with – with exciting, thought-provoking and engaging content such as our brand new blog The White Room.

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For now, this concise review of the work of Patrick Bernatchez proudly inaugurates The White Room:


Checkpoint:

How much do you know about time? – time being this abstract, yet rigid, element of life that has a huge, inevitable say in how we live our lives.

Please take a moment to answer that, jot down your answers if you can.


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Fashion Plaza Nights, 2007-13

Les Temps inachevés or Lost in Time (which doesn’t quite mean the same thing), not only triggers transcendental questions about human existence and its relationship with time and space, but it also immerses the viewer in a series of intricate, dream-like multimedia scenarios. More specifically, the success of this exhibit comes from Mr. Bernatchez’s mastery of the expression of conceptual thought through several different time-based channels such as video, and hybrid installations that thrive on sound.

You may find that one of the main take-away lessons deriving from Bernatchez’s artworks is that the more we know about time, the more in control we are of whether and how we find meaning in our lives. Seen from such a perspective, knowledge about time is a piece of the puzzle called life, so to speak, which we should not put off finding; and the one most obvious reasons I say this is because it’s easy to get caught up in routines that can render our lives so dull and sometimes devoid of meaning.

With this being said, I don’t think that the artist means to suggest that you become a superhero or celebrity with their names in history books, because not all us of can do that. I’d like to think that we all want to make something meaningful out of our lives but not all of us have the determination to make it so. I suggest that an appropriate place to start would be by carrying out simple acts of courage. Ever heard of the quote “Be the change that you want to see in others”?


Checkpoint

How much can one know about time?


I’m sure there have been many dissertations written on the topic, thousands (perhaps even millions) of hours spent on research about the how-long’s, the why’s, the when’s and possibly everything and anything that has to do with time. One of my favourite takes on this topic has to be Arthur C. Clark’s 1973 book Rendezvous with Rama. The story, specially in its beginning, decimates human race and all of its historical trajectory to a minute, almost an invisible spec in the boundless timeline of the universe; the emotion evoked being much like the one embodied by Bernatchez’s BW installation from 2011, also being exhibited at the Power Plant.

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BW montre, 2009-11. Wristwatch that measures millennia, podium, tinted glass and stainless steel, microphone, loudspeakers, edition of 10

Lost in Time is on at The Power Plant until May 15 of this year. See it while time allows. And when you do, please share your thoughts with us.

E. Osorio

 

 

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