An Inquiring Age-SHORT ((Part of ‘Codex Dynamic,’ DUMBO Arts Festival 2012)
by Glowing Bulbs + John Ensor Parker
“An Inquiring Age” is a large-scale video-mapping projection installation created by Glowing Bulbs + John Ensor Parker, that spans 33,000 square feet (3,065 square meters) within the Manhattan Bridge Archway and on the Eastern exterior elevation of the Anchorage. The piece included audio and was presented in the Codex Dynamic video exhibition.
It is not known when man’s conceptualization of time began, but it’s influence on us as individuals and collectively is rooted in the natural world. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, and Mayans all developed calendar systems based on natural observations of the Moon’s cycles and seasonal changes. These observations of nature formulated our traditional understanding of time as linear constant-rate and are still relevant as with our historical records, calendars, folklore, religion, film, music, visual art and philosophy. Yet today as our knowledge of the natural world increases so are our concepts of time. The Laws of Relativity provide us the opportunity to speed up, slow down, go backwards or even stop time and with Quantum Mechanics time is unrelated to space and may simply be a direction at any moment, in turn, affording an object the possibility of existing at different places at the same time.
“An Inquiring Age” explores the ever-changing psyche of both the individual and the collective, as a result of our evolving perspectives of space and time.