Poetics of Time: Research

Hey my dudes!!! This is a research post for our final 4D project for this semester, which will be an installation that is centered around time and its different forms. Sounds tough. Will also probably be damn tough. 🙁 And I’m so clueless hohoho!! Better take this research seriously whoop.


Time-based art is a cluster of units dealing with the complex multiplicity of artistic forms, which use the passage of and the manipulation of time as the essential element.

Time-based media on the other hand, is more of a limited spectrum. Contemporary timed-based media include video, film, slide, audio, or computer technologies, because they have duration as a dimension and unfold to the viewer over time.


Measured time Time quantitatively measured by regularly recurring events or intervals.

1. Linear time: Where there is a beginning and an end/a past, present and future. Time is always moving forward.

2. Circular time: A repeating process that create continuous and infinite outcomes.

Experienced time This is the perception of time passing that can be influenced by the viewer’s psychological disposition and attention.

Edited time

Time that has been cut up and rearranged.

1. Linear time: Events in order of past, present and future.

2. Non-linear time: No required order of events.

Biological time

Biological time is a measure of time related to bodily functions, such as when we feel awake, tired, or hungry.


1. Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969

Vito Acconci, Following Piece (1969). Image taken from www.vitoacconci.org
Subject Acconci himself, and random passerbys on the streets of NYC.
Form The nature of the artwork where he traces the steps of strangers, everyday, in real life is a form of measured time.
Context Took place everyday on the streets of New York, between October 3rd and 25th, 1969. It was part of other performance and conceptual events sponsored by the Architectural League of New York that occurred during those three week, and the terms of the exhibition “Street Works IV” was to use a street in New York City.
Content  Following Piece was concerned with the language of our bodies, not so much in a private manner, but in a unusually public manner. By selecting a passer-by at random until they entered a private space, Acconci submitted his own movements to the movements of others, showing how our bodies are themselves always subject to external forces that we may or may not be able to control. Acconci himself wrote that the piece was meant to make use of the time and space in New York City. The time intervals varied widely, from a few minutes to a few hours when the strangers went to restaurants or theatres.
Vito Acconci, Following Piece (1969). Image taken from www.khanacademy.com
Vito Acconci, Following Piece (1969). Image taken from www.glasstire.com
Notes by Vito Acconci, Following Piece (1969). Image taken from www.khanacademy.com

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