ANNA LUNDH invites you to celebrate the New Year in the dazzling new time zone GMT-0:30, created especially for the occasion. In this unique local timezone (1,5 hours behind standard Swedish time) we will have time to come together and REALLY celebrate the start of 2012!
Anna Lundh is a visual artist who divides her time (unevenly) between New York and Stockholm. Her work investigates cultural phenomena and social agreements, technology, and language, and takes the form of video, installations, text, performance and various experiments.
Graduated from Konstfack in 2008, and has since completed a post-graduate artistic research/development project, participated in residency programs such as LMCC in New York, and exhibited at venues including Haninge Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall, Kalmar Konstmuseum (Sweden), and Apexart, Marian Spore and Rhizome (New York). Lundh has also published text pieces for web publications like SQUID (Sweden) and Triple Canopy (New York). Most recently, her work was shown in the exhibition Slipstreams: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Shaping of Time, at Franklin Street Works, Connecticut, USA, including a lecture performance informed by her ongoing project “The Year is a Python that swallowed an Elephant”.
A singular moment in the history of efforts to unite the world under a western-dominated capitalist model was the introduction of uniform time zones at the 1884 Washington Meridian Conference, where an international reference point was established based on the Greenwich or Prime Meridian located at the British Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Thus was laid the groundwork for the imposition of Universal Time, linked directly to an expanding British Empire upon which the sun never set and time could now pass in smooth and uniform succession. On a more prosaic level, replacing multiple time zones with uniform one-hour intervals was a means to coordinate and facilitate commercial rail traffic, indicating the extent to which attempts at standardization are connected to economic development.
This system has long had anti-colonial outliers (India, Iran and Nepal being among the countries using a so-called “offset” time zone). Recent attempts to break from Universal Time also indicate a nationalist agenda—as was the case in 2007 when Hugo Chavez established a unique time zone for Venezuela, or earlier this year when Russia abdicated unilaterally from daylight savings time, necessitating a complex re-shuffling of its international rail links.
While these occasional rebellions against time’s normative passage might appear consequential, in the west little has interrupted a regime that, starting from the industrial revolution, ceaselessly ordered and re-ordered the procession of daily life, developing such institutions as the five-day workweek, two-day weekend, 8-hour workday, and the Christian ceremonial calendar to differentiate productive time from leisure time, private time from public time, sacred time from profane time. No moment in this calendrical regime is as singularly fraught as New Year’s Eve, where popping champagne corks and passionate kisses are calibrated to an arbitrary moment based on longstanding international agreements concerning what time it is. Anna Lundh has proposed an ambitious plan to break with this regime, establishing a unique time zone one and a half hours behind normal Stockholm time to be observed New Year’s Eve at an event hosted by Evening Standard. By suggestion alone, Lundh will create a temporal enclave, a moment when celebrants can divorce themselves from this long-established apparatus of control, linking chronopolitics directly with the dance floor.
part of the: EVENING STANDARD SERIES