I often wonder: is it possible to observe the present time? The way the image of time emerges is always in retrospect. You can imagine the past through the objects and the style of a given period, but we do not have a conceptual image for the present. The reality evades examination, it mimics the mundane, the familiar, and becomes indistinguishable. I think it possible to capture the present if you employ the “slowed-down gaze, like a timelapse. This is how you notice change in the familiar landscapes. Another important tool is temporal distancing, where, in your mind, you build a distance from the object. Thus, at a distance, the novel is turned into ruins. A painting has this distance already embedded into it by virtue of being rooted in history. The static nature of painting is none other than the statically captured duration itself 

 

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