As part of the IABR parallel programme, Loom suggests it’s time for a Time Out. Will you join us?
Loom, a collective practice working across a range of social, cultural and spatial fabrics, supports the biennale’s aim this year to recognize time as an often neglected factor in architecture and spatial design. While there is indeed a clear time pressure to respond to current challenges and crises, simultaneously the members of Loom believe we should have a different relation to time than the feeling that we’re constantly running out of it.
In a recent letter to the IABR organization, Loom explained their wish to not only talk about different temporalities, but rather experience them, writing that also when it comes to the organization of the biennale itself and the labor of its participants, partners and respondents to the open call, ‘time is a factor to address and critically unpack’. Taking inspiration from the writings of Karen Barad, Loom proposes to trouble time in these troubling times.
Therefore, Loom will take a Time Out on October 27th, between 13.00 - 17.00.
Will you join us?
We invite you to take this Time Out at any location you prefer, with others, or by yourself. It’s up to you how to spend this time, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions.
Let’s all start with the same simple exercise: at 13.00, we take a deep breath. Feel your feet on the floor. Place your hand on your belly. Breath again, slower. Breath again, take a breath in counting to four (through the nose), hold the breath counting to two, then release the breath (through the nose) counting to six. Pause slightly and repeat again a few times.
After this start, it’s up to you how to continue. Will you go for a walk, have a conversation, spend time on a focused undertaking or rather indulge in non-activity? Will time run fast or slow down?
The members of Loom will gather to sit with two texts, namely:
Troubling Time/s and ecologies of nothingness: re-turning, re-membering, and facing the incalculable, by scholar Karen Barad, who states that ‘in these troubling times, there is an urgency to trouble time’
and Momo and the Time Thieves by Michael Ende.
They will also share a long lunch, and somewhere in between they will do a listening exercise inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ sonic meditations.