Understanding time

Each person relates with time in his/her own unique way. Through the course, I have not only looked at the theoretical or scientific aspect of time. I have tried to look at time with the context of people, memory, situations and experiences. None of these can exist independently without the interplay of time. All these, together form a person’s perception of time.The postcard assignment makes us think of time in relation to all of the above.  My memories, past experiences and people make up the postcards.

Through my project ‘Ulta Pulta’, my partner an I have attempted to express how people may perceive things differently at the same time, in the same situation. The project is an example of how a person’s perception of time is linked to their frame of mind.  In the context of the project, the back understands time to be perilous whereas the legs perceive it in the usual sense. One’s perception of time directly or indirectly affects one’s ability to stay calm, to assess a situation, and to make decisions. Time also changes the way an individual acts or reacts to a thing. The challenge isn’t in classifying time as good or bad. The challenge lies in making the most of the given time in any given circumstances.


Personal relation with time

My relation with time varies from time to time, ironically.

On a daily basis, I see time speeding away as i run around trying to make all ends meet.

I see time always ahead of me as it races me, every single day.  Time seems to be passing as I stand still, stuck on the task ahead of me. I also feel guilt. Of wasting time when I should be doing something productive. But that only occurs to me when the time has passed.

I find it hard to keep track of time when I’m doing something, taking a nap or even just conversing with friends. Time manages to escape me.



Agnes Varda’s ‘Cléo 5 to 7’ is the story of a young singer as she awaits the diagnosis of a medical examination. The movie starts with a tarot card reader predicting the events of Cléo’s future from her cards. The cards show images  that suggest a near death or a tragedy and Cléo immediately assumes the worst as she trudges down the streets of Paris. This movie is an account of one and a half hour of Cléo’s life as she waits for the doctor to give bad news about her health. The city is shown in a new light at Cléo goes to places she wouldn’t have before trying to figure her place in the world.

One particular scene shows Cléo at a cafe as she puts on one of her songs to see the people react to it. It shows her state of mind as she tries to determine whether she mattered to the world or not. The film shows the city from the point of view of a woman who thinks she is aprroaching death. She sees everything and hears everything. It is as if she is trying to soak in everything around her before she perishes.

At the end, the doctor passes by in his car, informing Cléo of her illness. He advises her to start her treatment on the next available date and leaves. The movie takes a whole tuen here as the doctor calmly states the result of the tests Cléo had been dreading all evening. It is funny how something she was anticipating throughout the movie ends in just a second.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Link to the short-film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHqnSX4SJ_A

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a gripping french short-film based on the American short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (1891) by Ambrose Bierce. Directed by Robert Enrico, it narrates the event of the hanging of a bearded man ‘Peyton Farquhar’.

The film starts with an order stating that any civilian caught interfering with railroads, bridges, tunnels or trains shall be hanged immediately. Next, enters Farquhar, who was being hauled by Union soldiers as they readied him for his hanging. His loved ones flash in front of him as he closes his eyes to mark the end of his time. As he falls down to the pit of the valley, the rope breaks. The force takes him deep inside the water but he manages to set himself free. He rises up to the surface and looks around. Having a near death experience, he now looks at the world in a new perspective. His celebration of being alive is interrupted by the Union soldiers firing their guns at him as they try to fulfil their orders by ending his life. He manages to run and finally be at peace in the never-ending forest as he is startled by a cannon that makes him run for his life. The film then turns into an exciting sequence of Farquhar trying to escape his decided fate. With a lot of struggle as he was being chased, Farquhar manages to make it to the confines of his house. And as he runs into the loving embrace of his beloved wife, he goes still and his head snaps back. What one thinks would be a happy ending turns to a devastating end in the span of a second.

It went ‘snap’. And he never came back.

Theory of Relativity


Time is a real phenomenon a continuous change through which we live.                    Time becomes evident through motion. Sunrise and sunsets, night and day, the  changing seasons and everything else is indicative of continuous change.Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them. Time is intangible. It can only be experienced. And thus, we experience every moment of every day.

But the question here is ‘Is it same for everyone?’                                                                  The answer would have been ‘Yes’ if it wasn’t for Albert Einstein to find out otherwise.  Einstein formulated the theory of relativity which quotes :6a00d83452510769e20148c67cd358970c-320wi

All motion must be defined relative to a frame of reference and that space and time are relative, rather than absolute concepts: it consists of two principal parts. The theory dealing with uniform motion is called special relativity and the theory dealing with gravity is called                                                      general relativity. 

According to this theory, there exists no such thing as absolute motion or absolute rest. He explains that all objects move relative to each other. Thus, when we say that an object moves faster, we say that in accordance to another object that moves slower, even though it may appear stationary to us. To explain it better, we can take the example of two people travelling in a train at a uniform speed. Despite of the train being in motion, the two people in it observe each other as stationary objects as the train and those two are moving at the same speed. Thus, all the law of physics stand same as when you are standing on the ground. Now, for a third person standing on the ground, he is stationary and the other two people are moving at the same speed of the train. But, is the third person standing comely still? No.

The earth is continuously in motion and so is everything else on the galaxy. Thus, the the third person is moving at the same speed of the Earth.

This explains the fact the things move relative to each other. This is the basic concept of relativity. It is called Classical Relativity.

Along with these findings, Einstein put together the theories of Time Dilation, Length Contraction and Spacetime.

Time Dilation :                                                                                                                                Here, Einstein explains that time slows down for an objects travelling close to the speed of light and that it stops completely for an object revelling at the speed of light. This led to the conclusion that time travel would be possible if we succeeded in obtaining a speed greater that the speed of light. But it is difficult to achieve a speed greater than light due to the fact that the mass of an object increases as it approaches the speed of light and it would take an infinite amount of energy to do so.

Length Contraction :                                                                                                                    According to this concept, when objects move close to the speed of light, The object itself contracts along with the slowing down of time.

Thus, time dilation and length contraction work together top ensure that the speed to light remains uniform in all scenarios.


Spacetime :                                                                                                                                Einstein came to think of 3 dimensions of space and 1 dimension of time bound together as a fabric. He called it Spacetime. According to this concept, the fabric of spacetime is warped and stretched by heavy objects like planets and stars. And it is this warping of spacetime that creates what we experience as gravity. According to this phenomenon, the Earth rotates around the Sun simply because it follows the curves created on the spacetime fabric by the mass of the Sun.

Time Postcards

Step 1 :

Our first class for Time Studio started with a very interesting exercise. Blindfolded expression. 

We were objective was to listen to some instrumental music and draw out of impulse and memory. We listened to one of the best pieces of Yann Tierson and started expressing our feelings while listening to the music.

The result:

Step 2:

We then cut out a frame of the ratio 3:2 and started selecting some parts of the things drawn.


Step 3:

We then began to relate those selected shapes and forms to our memories or to the concept of time itself. We started with basic pencil sketching.

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