Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.

Lucid investigations in(to) time

Perception of time constantly shifts depending on our emotional well-being, the context, or how we evaluate a given situation within the vector space our colliding experiences and expectations create for each specific moment. Each of these moments creates a death valley of missed chances thus producing certain unease in us about the present. Especially when unfavorable events prevent the present from representing our personal preferences, we experience this as an estrangement from reality as our wishes turn into past futures. Consequently, future and past appear like paradises where everything can still be adjusted, diminishing the relevance of the present as the only viable status quo. But what if we stop dreaming about past and future and instead perceive the present as a space where all times exist simultaneously? In which the idea of time as a linear structure of past–present–future is only one possibility of many?

Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets. derives from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island: A book about the impossibility to reach the present, a story about the failure to write the Great Report on our contemporary society. Based on Satin Island, artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists are invited to discuss their interpretations of time along five key terms the novel provides: Artefacts, Buffering, Narratives, Patterns, Uncertainty.

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