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Killing time is a phrase describing an idle process as much as the exact commensurable time that remains until our mortal temporality, based on the simple observation made by Jacques Derrida on the topic - that the death penalty mechanically interrupts mortal time by pre-empting the typical mortal experience of not knowing at what precise moment we will die. In its contradictory correlation both can lead to great productiveness. The absence of time (timelessness) and the very opposite, the counting backwards, measuring each second as if it was our last, share the defiance of time itself, a zero moment that allows space reflecting onto a place without a continuous cultural evolution. It's a process of looking back into the present, a hindsight without being bound to a constructed timeline. Sourcing from the remains of society, reconstructing almost archeologically from bits and seemingly worthless pieces and meaningless clues and signs, the installation comprises a couple of curated conservatory, dysfunctional settings showing glimpses of a possible distant and yet familiar present, a possible and somewhat more genuine elementary reality raising the question of an ever possible community.
(Peer Sievers, 2020)