Buffering Before The Future – Ludwig Engel and Quentin Walesch
Parcours tour and lecture (in German), 7.30pm
In medieval stories, with every change of place also occurs a change of time – their narrative structures seem incapable of imagining two places at the same time. Digitalization gives this phenomenon a contemporary twist: Today reigns a time beyond the future, which is unable to synchronize individual and global time as each individual follows its own digitized time frame. This leads to a flow of time incontinuities that are no longer bound to waiting areas like airport terminals. Instead, each individual constantly creates his own timeless interface through his smart phone. This results in an individualized, mythological social buffering beyond a socially accepted and valid space-time-continuum.
With Buffering Before The Future, Ludwig Engel and Quentin Walesch build upon their inability to fully grasp this phenomenon a parcours that translates the feeling of buffering into experience.
The event is part of Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.: a program developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm, derived from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island. The book deals with the impossibility to reach the present and the resulting inability to write the Great Report on our contemporary society. Following these thoughts, artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists are invited to discuss their interpretations of time through different formats.