Objective vs subjective time - book

MCXI deals with the difference and relationship between objective time and subjective time. Objective time is time that is imposed upon us, clock-time. Subjective time is time as we experience it, ‘human time’. clock-time and human time don’t always go hand in hand.

Initially, I examined their relationship by inquiring objective and subjective time in real time, during fifty days. I took thorough notes, made calculations ... which consisted of what I was doing at that time in the objective time and I added a value. This value reflected my experience of the subjective time. For example, since objective time in this system always is 100%, time seems to be going twice as fast when the subjective value is 200% (one hour feels like half an hour). This way of working made a comparison possible.

This examination resulted in a graphic representation of my subjective time versus the objective time. A ± 5m long / 2m high installation was made to show this representation. It consists of 2000 nails that are pinned into a wooden panel, hand-made stamps that show the dates/hours/subjective values and 100m nylon wire to connect all the data.

In the last step, this representation served as a basic grid for further examination of their relationship. Questions like “do the total hours of sleep of one night have an impact on the total subjective time of the next day?” were visualised in infographics using the data from the fifty days of note-keeping. All the infographics are bundled into a 127p. book.

All this is an attempt to reveal which parameters have an impact on the shift between objective time and subjective time.

a) Notekeeping: several notebooks | a4 autocopiant paper
b) Installation: 4.80 x 1.95m wall installation consisting of 2000 steel nails, handmade stamps, nylon wire (100 meter), felt tip markers
c) Book, 1st run: 127p. | 250 x 380 mm (4 copies)

d) Book, 2nd run: 127p. | 205 x 310 mm (10 copies, signed & numbered)

Past Exhibitions
︎︎︎︎ The wooden panel was on permanent display at LUCA Brussels from September 2012 to June 2018 (Paleizenstraat 70 | 1030 Schaerbeek)
︎︎︎︎ MCXI at Selected Masters Exhibition from 4 to 20 September 2012 at Sint Lukas Galerie Paleizenstraat 70 | 1030 Schaerbeek
︎︎︎︎ MCXI at Sint Lukas University of Arts Master Exhibition from 27 June 2012 to 1 July 2012 at Sainctelettesquare 17 | 1000 Brussels

︎︎︎︎ Panel: Verbeke Foundation, Westakker z/n | 9190 Kemzeke | Belgium
︎︎︎︎ Book: A copy of the first run of the book is permanently available at the Sint Lukas Library (Paleizenstraat 70 | 1030 Schaerbeek)

︎︎︎︎ More about the installation here
︎︎︎︎ Buy a copy of the 2nd run of the book here:

© Anne Manteleers