The March of Time

The March of Time

Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, Notes for a Time/Bank (still), 2012.

Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management

The March of Time
With films by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, Kajsa Dahlberg, Hicham Gardaf, and Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor

Admission starts at $5

May 20, 2023, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, May 20 at 5pm for The March of Time, the first event of the two-part screening program Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management co-curated by KJ Abudu, Zachary B. Feldman, Emily Small, and Johanna Thorell, the 2022-23 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program. The screening will be introduced by the curators and followed by a discussion with the audience. 

The March of Time centers on critical descriptions of time under global capitalism and the lasting effects of Western modernity’s imposition of a unilinear, progressive temporality on the Second and Third Worlds. The program weaves together a number of interrelated themes, spanning the genealogy of the proverbial notion that “time is money;” film technology’s structural imbrication with temporal labor discipline; architectural ruins of techno-utopian promises gone awry; and quotidian practices of slowness that militate against accelerated industrial modernization.

Read the full program for Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management, including details on the second screening taking place on May 25, here. The program is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management that is on view at Artists Space May 17-28, 2023.


Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, Notes for a Time/Bank (2012, 22 minutes)
Notes for a Time/Bank accompanies Aranda’s and Vidokle’s discursive platform artwork, Time/Bank (2009-2013). In conversation with historical precedents such as Robert Owen, Josiah Warren, and Paul Glover, Aranda and Vidokle’s enactment of a functional time bank for the arts community continues a quest for an alternative economy intended to stymie some of the most egregious side effects of capitalist exploitation. Notes for a Time/Bank poetically questions the history and possible future of a temporal economy in cinema, politics, and philosophy.

Kajsa Dahlberg, Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force (2015, 42 minutes)
In Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force (2015), Dahlberg examines how film, since its inception, has been used to analyze human movements. Systems like Methods–Time Measurement marked a radical shift in attitudes towards manual labor as each bodily gesture engaged in the production (such as those referenced in the film’s title) could be isolated, studied, and optimized. Bringing together archival footage of movement analysis with interviews of workers in Amazon warehouses, Apple manufacturers in China, parcel delivery services, and freelance translators, the film both reflects on temporal regimentation of labor and how its own means of production are involved in these politics of time.

Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Omnia Communia Deserta (2020, 29 minutes)
Omnia Communia Deserta reflects on the architectural and social functions of Omnia Hall, the now-abandoned Romanian senate and theater of power for Nicolae Ceaușescu (the last Communist leader of Romania, executed in 1989). Cultural theorist Ovidiu Tichindeleanu guides the viewer through the architectural ruins and elucidates how the space’s built features capture socialist civilisation’s desire to achieve efficient modernity. The building’s title, and by extension the film’s, was derived from a Latin proverb, “omnia sunt communia,” meaning “all things in common.” The filmmakers appropriate and adapt the phrase, originally used to express utopian desires, to uncover a past that once gazed into the future. 

Hicham Gardaf, In Praise of Slowness (2023, 17 minutes)
Set in modern-day Tangier, In Praise of Slowness follows the laborious journey of a man collecting empty bottles, which he later sells to bleach vendors that roam the labyrinthic streets of the old city. In the face of global and economic forces that reshape the city, the bleach vendors teeter on the verge of disappearance, yet this filmic portrait of their supply chain and insistent chanting conveys acoustic and visual images of collective endurance. The film speaks to the accelerated urbanization and industrialization of Tangier, but also attests to how locally situated choreographies of slowness articulate modes of resistance to the speed of capitalism.

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Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management

Julieta Aranda (b. 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico) and Anton Vidokle (b. 1965 in Moscow, Russia) have collaborated since the early 2000s to develop discursive art platforms that explored the dynamics of circulation and distribution. Their first two projects, Video Rental (2004–2011) and PAWNSHOP (2008) set up physical spaces for the exchange of artists’ moving-image work. While the former modeled itself after the quickly disappearing mom-and-pop video rental stores in the mid to late 2000s, the latter petitioned artists to “pawn” a work of their art for $100 (if it was not collected and repaid for within the month, it became the property of the PAWNSHOP).

Kajsa Dahlberg’s (b. 1973 in Gothenburg, Sweden) long-term research projects tend to manifest in the forms of video and installation, in which she addresses questions of storytelling, politics of representation, and labor conditions. Often departing from documentary material, Dahlberg is interested in how narratives are constructed and mediated. A recurrent feature in Dahlberg’s exploration of various subject-matter is the foregrounding of the media she uses as well as the conditions of the making of the artwork.

Working across photography, film, and installation, Hicham Gardaf (b. 1989 in Tangier, Morocco) investigates the impacts of displacement and capitalist modernization on inhabited spaces as well as on individual and collective senses of self. Addressing questions of belonging and uprooting, his artworks are often imbued with a sense of nostalgia that alludes to a state of homesickness. The poetic images that Gardaf generates become places wherein viewers can dwell, but also catalysts for critical conversations about the transformation of contemporary landscapes.

Working collaboratively since 2000, the artist duo Mona Vatamanu (b. 1968 in Constanta, Romania) and Florin Tudor (b. 1974 in Geneva, Switzerland) hone in on issues concerning collective consciousness, the conditions of postcommunist Romania, as well as current and historic regimes of power. Tracing the material expressions of ideological change, the duo’s practice connects the symbolic remains of past systems of power to the shaping of urban social space and memory.

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