In Roots of Day we begin with a question: Do we need to create artificial environments to tell stories, in linear space? What stirred this question was thinking about our culture as an era of atemporality. A network culture that does not tell stories in linear fashion: beginning middle and end, but through a network of search engines and omnivorous crowd funded consensus. This is not to say, stories with a beginning middle and end do not exist but rather our culture is becoming less of a literary culture and can be defined through multitudes of networks that drive how we process information.
Looking at the natural world and its multitudes of networks it would seem divergent for humans to think in linear terms. A departure from this supreme example. It has been suggested that this is because of our anxiety of loss and death. A need to archive everything and catalogue it as a way of quelling our fears of loss. But because of the pace and our exposure to newness, this archiving has begun to accumulate everything and encapsulate all eras. An archive for all time.
In this space, we have present the absence of the past. A harvest festival, originally a place for telling stories and discussion, now artifice. A relic of an unused habitual place, straining our new conversational style with art, in the age of atemporality.
Exhibition curated by CW Landon.