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Exhibition: The Specious Present


Wed 16 Sep 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 17 Sep 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 18 Sep 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 19 Sep 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sun 20 Sep 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Specious Present: Andrew Beck, David Claerbout, Colin McCahon, Keith Tyson
11 July – 20 September 2015
Exhibition opening 10 July 6pm

The ‘specious present’ is a term applied by the philosopher and psychologist William James to that short duration of time the human mind appears to be able to experience, which exists between past and future and which is longer than the singular moment of the actual present. James developed the concept to tackle the problem of the perception of time, which is the only dimension that cannot be grasped by the senses.

The Specious Present is an exhibition that addresses the conundrum of representing time. It brings together four visual artists whose works can be read through the lens of James’ philosophical concept. Employing moving and still imagery, sculpture and painting, they offer visual and material propositions that suspend time, rendering it tangible as both an idea and an experience.

Image credit: David Claerbout, The Quiet Shore, 2011, single channel video projection, black & white, silent, 36 min 32 sec, courtesy the artist and galleries Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels; Sean Kelly, New York; Untilthen, Paris

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