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Waiting room

Futuro Gallery, Nizhni Novgorod, april-may 2019

Time is a key concept in philosophy and physics. Time permeates the entire universe and concerns everybody without exception; time is a prerequisite for the creation and modification of anything.
We live in the era of a certain time and analyze its characteristics. Even the phrase “contemporary art” has a reference to time, to the actual continuity of a particular conversation. But at the same time it can be extremely difficult to reflect.
Reading this text, we waste time. But from the very wording “wasting time” follows that we take time quantitively, but not qualitatively.
In pre-Christian era time likely was a set of times and was a synchronization of various agricultural and nature’s cycles, holidays: the harvest time, the wedding time, the fight time and so on. People passed from time to time as in a different reality. The main thing is that the time had a qualitative content.
Exact clock appeared when the time was “unqualified”. So this kind of equal divided time can be easily measured for sale.
This approach is suitable for commodity-money relations. Time has become a commodity, and amounts to the currency (“time – the money”). Gradually, free time without reference to the action has become a stress factor.
If we have a break, it is immediately filled with checking messages or a new mobile game. People have forgotten how to spend time with themselves, to live inside of time.
Waiting today is the only form of time where the individual is left to himself. It is waiting that we get in touch with the time consciously, perceiving the lack of time quality in its amount. That’s why the expectation is often so painful, because corporate ethics and consumer society demand the time to be immediately sold or spent. “Waiting Room” makes it possible to transit deliberately to another time as in another qualitative reality. Each viewer can spend in it as much time as he/she wants, because the amount of time is no longer important.