The "gift" of time and space. The gift, that was once something everyone experienced, is now something less common. For some it's even become an unsettling concept; the notion of having time, and space, can be daunting - even challenging. In a world where multitasking is a pre-requisite, it's become the daily 'norm' to be dealing with copious quantities of information and requests and deadlines; but when there are no tasks, no requests, no distractions, what do we do? Do we create more tasks for ourselves, or do we just let go; in time, and in space.
Time and space have even undergone commodification, like so many 'free' experiences have. Maybe this is because people have forgotten what to do when confronted with the notion of boundless space. The simple pleasure of wandering into an area where there is nothing but space, and the time to reflect, is now something you can buy.Of course, not everyone needs instruction on how to approach the 'void'. Huge numbers of Australians are very adept at surrounding themselves with space - and in many ways this is a natural phenomena in a country that is vast, and mostly empty. Even small patches of urban space, such as parks and grassy areas, are used as places to stretch out the mind a bit. Children are amongst the most productive users of time and space. They rejoice and revel in it; a trip to the local park reveals their delight. Some of them go quite crazy and sprint around in circles at the sheer joy of a fenceless field.
As we age, our world expands. We travel, we know more stuff - about places that are beyond our vision. Our knowledge provides the ability to 'know', or at least 'imagine', what's beyond the edge of the football paddock. Still, living in the built world of a large city, space shrinks again. Our interpretation and understanding of truly large spaces remains somewhat incomplete. The physical nature of the built world just has too many objects in it that restrict, constrain and confine our vision.
Some spaces are vast, and especially interesting is what do we think when confronted with an environment where there are no humans, where there are no sounds, where there are no features - no trees, rocks or hills. Places like this give a heightened perception of self, and of mind; which is seemingly all that exists. That can be an intimidating but illuminating prospect.
This series explores the notion of time and space and what they mean to people. How do people interact with these concepts? What do they see? What do they think? What do they do?
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