Thursday, February 25, 2010

The eternal moment

While eating a tuna melt at the Little A 'Le' Inn I experienced the Now. Remember guru Ram Dass's book Be Here Now? The purple book had a square format necessitated by the mandala on the cover. "Be Here Now" is used by Senn Delaney as a management technique.

On the other hand, for God, time is an eternal moment (totem simul) - Thomas Aquinas. He wrote this in the thirteenth century hundreds of years before scientists discovered that the entire universe was once the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Aquinas postulates that everything is simultaneous for God. Perhaps time is God's gift to us. In an interview on PBS, Lari Pittman posits an interesting idea about hyper-capitalist time vs. Latino time.

The paintings show the viewer many temporalities. There’s climate and there’s time. Sometimes there’s even an indication in some of the paintings that the top half of the painting might be at night and the bottom half in daylight. I think that, in southern California (whose only history has been hyper-capitalism) hyper-capitalism foregrounds this idea of episodic time: “This is the eight hours for work; this is the eight hours to sleep. And this is the eight hours for waking leisure.” Capitalism really enforces compartmentalized, sequential time. As I look back on my formative years, I didn’t grow up in that sense of time. You have to take this in a broader sense. Latino time is profoundly bittersweet because of its simultaneity. Even oppositional events can occupy the same spatial moment, the same time moment, and not really be contradictory. They’re just there, side by side. And I think that simultaneity of time and imagery exists in the paintings.

Paintings (c) Lari Pittman. Interview (c) PBS

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like your thoughts here. I would say work and play time are side by side if one has a career or occupation which he or she enjoys and they can loose themselves in...aware of time has disappeared. Great post! :)
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