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Photo by Pelle Cass

August 10, 2014


Bending Time


Photographer Pelle Cass doesn't alter images he decides only what stays, what goes, and when. In this way he controls time. Everyone you see in a frame walked there, or stood there, just perhaps not simultaneously. His images answer the question: Who else  has been here, right where I'm standing? What did they do? What did they look like? Seeing past present and future Cass may actually have created the first real multiverse.

Here is Today

Luke Twyman's interactive Here is Today puts time in simple, graphic context. Time, in this instance, is time writ large -- from this precise moment to millenia, epochs, and eras. It's less calendar, or even infographic, and more meditation on humanity's insignificance. This is in sharp and wonderful contrast to our usual posture of mastery over time (historians, the amount of snow we got when we were kids, the quality of music). 

It's a linear exploration but make sure to push through to the end. Time is a flat circle indeed.
Explore time


37 Years

Aging, despite its popularity as a topic of conversation, can prove to be a somewhat elusive and difficult concept to quantify. One does, after all, always choose to believe that university students are getting younger.  

That's what makes the
Nicholas Nixon's Brown Sisters portraits so maddeningly reliable. And emotional. (We admit to misting up while looking through this visual tour of passing time.) Taken every year for 37 years they present an unflinching portrait of a rather simple, universal occurrence: family growing up. It's impossible not to see yourself, your siblings, your family rocket past you, and feel that it's you changing in that moment. We can't go back, and here is irrefutable proof.

Walking City

A hypnotic lava lamp comes to mind after the first minute of Walking City. Basically we want it as our screen saver. It could seemingly go on forever, constantly changing almost imperceptibly but ultimately fully and completely. We only wish our cities could adapt as easily. It's lovely to watch this "slowly evolving video sculpture" pass through visual chapters of architectural styles.

How to Build A Time Machine


Whether or not humans even need a machine to traverse time is debatable; but these whimsical instructions -- easily downloadable -- make the impossible feel eminently practical. In fact, function informs this British designer's entire project: portability; and timeless characteristics aimed at blending in no matter the era you land in are key considerations. His efforts at aging his time machine with power tools, however, seem to us like they might lead to a rupture in the space time continuum.

It's just for fun, right? A lark. A simple homage to H.G. Wells; but, after reading the frank, step by step instructions a few times the temptation to build it just to see what happens is almost irresistible.

A Toronto design firm,
Normative, took the concept of a time machine into app form giving users the ability to see the history of their surroundings. Definitely more practical. 



"I'll just tell you what I remember because memory is as close as I've gotten to building my own time machine."


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