Intervals is a new contemporary art series designed to reflect the spirit of today’s most innovative practices. Intervals is inaugurated with a multipart installation by Julieta Aranda (b. 1975, Mexico City) that activates the museum’s triangular staircase.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Friday 10 April 2009 to Sunday 19 July 2009

Two shakes, a tick and a jiffy, 2009 image

Event published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Monday 27 April 2009.
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Conceived to take place in interstitial spaces or beyond the physical confines of the building, the program invites a diverse range of artists to create new work for a succession of solo presentations.

Challenging the perception of time as a linear progression marked by clocks and other systems, these works propose an alternative notion of temporal experience as a shifting and unquantifiable state. A peephole near the staircase reveals the image of an hourglass, a traditional symbol of mortality. Viewed through the refracting optical device of a camera obscura, the grains of sand appear to flow upward in a startling reversal of time’s passage. Nearby, patches of paint on the walls recall the look of covered-up street graffiti. Using phosphorescent paint, Aranda has transcribed quotations about time drawn from sources that span more than 2,000 years. The words become visible only when the space is periodically darkened.

One floor above, Aranda has installed an oversized clock in which the day is divided into 10 elongated hours. This system references decimal time, a short-lived initiative introduced during the rationalizing fervor of the French Revolution that reorganized the day into 10 hours, containing 100 minutes of 100 seconds each. While the clock pays homage to this act of iconoclasm, the movement of the second hand represents an entirely subjective experience of time, corresponding directly to the fluctuating rate of the artist’s own heartbeat over the course of one day. In an accompanying sound piece, a transistor radio emits a recording of this heart rate, suggesting the nuanced tempo of human experience.

—Katherine Brinson, Assistant Curator

The Intervals Leadership Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

Julieta Aranda
Two shakes, a tick and a jiffy, 2009
Coated steel, Plexiglas, 24 hours of electrocardiography data, and operating mechanism
Collection of the artist
Realized with the generous support of Michael Janssen Galerie, Berlin
Installation view, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2009
Photo: Kristopher McKay
© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York