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Exhibition Tour with Christina Barton

Exhibition Tour with Christina Barton

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  • Sat 29 Aug ’15, 2:00pm


Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Please join us as the curator of The Specious Present, Christina Barton, presents an extensive tour of the exhibition and discusses the unique ways each artist on show addresses their own distinct conception of the present.

The ‘specious present’ is a term applied by the philosopher and psychologist William James to that short duration of time the human mind appears to be able to experience, which exists between past and future and which is longer than the singular moment of the actual present. James developed the concept to tackle the problem of the perception of time, which is the only dimension that cannot be grasped by the senses.

The Specious Present is an exhibition that addresses the conundrum of representing time. It brings together four visual artists whose works can be read through the lens of James’ philosophical concept. Employing moving and still imagery, sculpture and painting, they offer visual and material propositions that suspend time, rendering it tangible as both an idea and an experience.

This event is free and open to all!

Image: Installation view of works by Andrew Beck in the exhibition The Specious Present at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington. Courtesy of the artist and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington (photo: Shaun Waugh)

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