LEARNINGS ABOUT TIME

Project 1 : The music we heard while blindfolded took us back in memory to a time and space where we experienced a sense of familiarity. That familiarity came from events that we either experienced in our minds or in reality. The haphazard lines that resulted out of the blindfolded activity was an attempt of reproducing the picture which formed in our heads while we listened to the music. Even the emotions we felt acted liked a catalyst and triggering our memories and taking us back in time. tiny cut out frames of these lines inspired our final postcards. The postcards differed from person to person but they originated from the same song. This shows the relativity of time and how it exists constantly but is felt differently by each individual.

Project 2 : In our project ‘Ulta Pulta’, we did not deal with time in a literal sense. We saw it from the lens of experiences. We magnified the nature of relativity of time, how a minute can be joyful for one person and could be regarded as sad for the other. A particular thing could benefit one person in time by creating loss for the other.  We all percieve time differently. With the use of exaggeration and humour, ‘Ulta Pulta’ portrays extreme views of two characters. One sucks melancholy out of the simplest of things and the other finds a reasons to be happy every time. For eg: The experience of swimming in the ocean could mean leaving oneself for death for one and could mean playing amidst the blue waves on a bright sunny day for the other. The experiences in time make it go fast or slow. Also sometimes we remember a particular frame of time because of the happening that occurred in the past. Its the reminiscence, memory and life experiences, incidents and events  that form a persons good time or bad time. Through Ulta pulta we tried to show how we can change a good time into bad time by being pessimistic. On the contrary we can make a bad situation better by being positive about it.

Advertisements

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

5091003435_7f86636b01_z

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is not just a movie, but it’s an experience a dream-like experience. It’s a bizarre romantic comedy snogging science fiction. Jim Carrey plays a timid and shy Joel, who discovers his ex-girlfriend Clementine (the luminescent Kate Winslet) has undergone a medical procedure to erase him from her memory. He gets upset and decides to do the same, but changes his mind while watching his memories erased. He must race though his own brain trying to stop the process.

Most of Eternal Sunshine takes place inside Joel’s noggin, as his relationship is replayed from messy breakup to sunshine start – while in the ‘real’ world the medical team scratch their heads wondering why the memory-wipe isn’t quite working.

The movie plunges into time-splicing, dimension-shifting world. The characters are tangy, tangible creations – funny, sad, sometimes unpleasant. There’s an array of flashy techniques.  Underneath the visuals is a clear-eyed look at the painful realities of relationships. Beyond the depression and sharp distrust is a message: love will find a way.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind takes its title from an Alexander Pope poem and in the best sense of the word it is a beautiful, funny and at times painful. While it may prove too emotional and an intense watch. The payoff lies in its beautifully simple conclusion. Love as it seems is all about taking risks and having the courage to take them, knowing that it still may all end in tears.

Cleo 5 to 7

CLEO DE 5 A 7 - French Poster 2

Cleo 5 to 7, Agnes Varda’s classic work of 1962 depicts, in near real time, ninety minutes in the life of Cleo. She is a French singer who anxiously awaits test results from her doctor.  Fearing the worst, she spends two hours cruising the streets of Paris. She allows her fears to overcome her. The two hours show every detail of emotion and movement that she experiences. She has several encounters that propel her to take stock of her own existence. Eventually, her illness helps her discover the beauty of time and its power to create and destroy. She discovers how permanence is an illusion.

Time is an important subject in Cleo from 5 to 7. The film is depicted through the real clock time, passing second by second. The end of real time marks Cleo  getting the news from her doctor. Very casually he informs her that two months of chemotherapy will make her alright. That marked the end of anticipation. The film has elements of apprehension and desire. Because of its real-time structure, Cleo 5 to 7 transforms what, in almost any other film background, would be monotonous, or at least average, into drama. And, in doing so, it transforms Cleo herself from a distracted, self-obsessed entertainer into someone whose fate we fix on and care about. The film handles several of themes including discussions of mortality, the idea of despair, and leading a meaningful life.

Painting that depicts time

 

Unknown

Antonio de Pereda, “Allegory of Vanity,” c. 1632 – 1636, Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Artist : Antonio de Pereda (1611–1678)

Title : Allegory of Vanity

Object type : Painting

Date : (1632 – 1636)

Dimensions : Height: 1,395 mm (54.92 in). Width: 1,740 mm (68.5 in).

Current location : Kunsthistorisches Museum

Perad’s still-life and portrait painting depicts several representations of the passage of time, including a clock, an hourglass, old photographs, a blown out candle, skulls and a globe – a nod to the very literal turning of the world. The skulls are a  reminder of our temporary existence in this physical world. Personally, I don’t see it as negative or depressing, rather it invokes a mindfulness of my own mortality and the importance of living in the moment. Its is a representation of transformation, change and death. The clock and the hourglass are the various timekeeping devices literally depicting its passage. Measurement devices like the clock,  have evolved the way we see time. The old photographs psychologically take us back in time. It seizes that moment in a frame forever. The winged goddess sits surrounded by the spoils of colonization.

An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a thrilling story written by Ambrose Bierce. It begins with soldiers preparing to execute a criminal. Neither his crime nor his name is disclosed. The man, while standing on the bridge, with his hands and legs tied imagines an escape from death. Events of the past flash his imagination, distorting time for him. This makes us question the importance of that memory, building up the suspense.

It demonstrates how power of imagination mutilates time so much so that the reality seems deceptive. Most of the movie shows a detailed description of how he flees for his life but little do we know that its all in his head until he wakes up from his imagination. This is a prime example of how time is twisted according to his desires through his imagination. The man desperately wants to live. He pictures himself in the water below him evading bullets and reaching the shore with a sigh of relief. A sense of hope eventually causes him to actually believe what is not happening. It follows by a scene where he meets his lover but before he could kiss her, he is actually executed. This marks a deeply devastating moment for him and us. The distortion of time using imagination aids in creating the climax, thus, making this movie a masterpiece.

Theory of Relativity

The Theory of relativity , revolves around two theories coined by Albert Einstein. They are:-

1. SPECIAL RELATIVITY

Special relativity is a theory of the structure of spacetime. In his special theory of relativity Einstein showed that time and length are not as absolute as everyday experience would suggest.

  • Time dilation : This theory states that time will pass slower for someone traveling near the speed of light relative to someone standing still. Moving clocks tick slowly as compared to observer’s “stationary” clock.
  • Length contraction : Objects are measured to be shortened in the direction that they are moving with respect to the observer.

2. GENERAL RELATIVITY

In Einstein’s theory of general relativity he proposes that time will run more slowly the stronger the gravity. This means that time will pass faster on top of a mountain than at the beach. However its a very small difference to get noticed. Theoretically, if you could travel faster than the speed of light, time would go in reverse.