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Time is the substance I am made of.
Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river;
it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger;
it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

— Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

“When linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf explored the language of the Hopi during the mid-20th century…he discovered that their words directly reflected their view of the timeless nature of the universe. … They saw the world as a single entity, with everything connected and happening in the present of ‘now.’…

“‘In [the] Hopi view, time disappears and space is altered, so that it is no longer the homogeneous and instantaneous timeless space of…classical Newtonian mechanics.’ In other words, the Hopi simply don’t think of time, space, distance, and reality in the way we do. In their eyes, we live in a universe where everything is alive and connected. Perhaps most important, they see everything as happening ‘now.’ Their language mirrors their view.

Surface Tension © 2005 Aliyah Marr from The Time/Space Series

“When we look at an ocean, for example, and see a wave, we would typically say, ‘Look at that wave.’ But we know that in reality, the wave we’re looking at doesn’t exist alone. It’s there only because of other waves. ‘Without the projection of language no one ever saw a single wave.’ …the Hopi…would say that the ocean is ‘waving’ to describe the action of the water in the moment they see it. ‘Hopi say walalata, ‘plural waving occurs,’ and can call attention to one place in the waving just as we can.’

“…Worf’s studies led him to discover that the ‘manifested comprises all that is or has been accessible to the senses, the historical physical universe…with no attempt to distinguish between present and past, but excluding everything that we call future.'”

— pgs 103-104 Fractal Time by Gregg Braden

“In 1909, Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, a British physicist, devised the famous ‘double-slit’ experiment… the bottom line to his investigation was that the mere presence of consciousness in the room — people — affected the way the quantum particles (the stuff our world is made of) were behaving.

“On February 26, 1998, scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science repeated Taylor’s experiment. Not only did they confirm that our world is affected just by being watched, but they also discovered: ‘The greater the amount of “watching,” the greater the observer’s influence on what actually takes place.’ In other words, the greater the focus upon the experiment by those present, the greater the influence their focus had upon the outcome.” — pg 188 Fractal Time by Gregg Braden

Time and space have long been a theme I have studied in my work as an artist; I have been exploring this theme in my work for at least ten years. When I work in visual media, I find myself expressing ideas that approach quantum physics in their scope and non-physical nature. These are things I cannot express in words, so they come out as images. Images are very powerful — as any artist knows — an image can carry many ideas or themes at once, it can hit many levels, and resonate very deeply at a non-verbal level in the viewer.

This work allows us to perceive what we intuit: at another level of what we might call a “parallel universe” — one that isn’t perceived by us consciously because of the limitations of our language and material-based society — time doesn’t exist.

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