What distress! What a relief! The Institute of Suspended Time (ITS) opens its first physical headquarters in La Capella. For all those who feel the anguish of time, for all those who need to alleviate their temporary health.
Enter, enter this headquarters of the Institute of Suspended Time (ITS)… it is and is not art, it is and is not a performance, it is and is not mere philosophy, mere politics, this headquarters is a suspended space and time… Is it then activism? Is it a therapy? Is it what you were looking for in your dreams, in your psychoanalyst, at the end of the month?
It is not a joke, although we can laugh. We talk about the most serious, the most serious thing that happens to us in life: “not having time” (“Life doesn’t give me”, we say, “to really take care of my mother, my friends, my father, my children, it doesn’t give me what I would like to do before I die”). Or, to be more exact, more political, what happens to us is that we have naturalized a temporary regime that makes us sick: in the ITS we call it “chrononormativity” and this currently has to do with intimate, professional and social hyperproductivity.
… it is not about opposing, to this hyperproductivity, what is called “laziness” or “idleness”. We are talking about contesting a system, an entire temporal regime, and for this reason we must oppose to “chrononormativity” what we call “chronodiversity”, that is, another temporal sensitivity that escapes the norms related to time…
The Institute of Suspended Time was founded in Laboratory 987 of the MUSAC (León) and takes shape today, in this headquarters in Barcelona, as a collaboration between the LOOP Festival and La Capella. Conceived and performed as a project halfway between art and philosophy, politics and poetry, the ITS tries to suspend the temporal regime that dominates us, stealing all the time expropriated by the acceleration of work and networks, time expropriated by the temporary consensus that governs our lives.
… because the temporary consensus invades everything, not only the workplace, but the whole of life… tell me, if not, tell me… when did you kiss for the first time? At what age did you want to have a job? When is it time to have children and why? And also, on a daily basis: at what rhythm do you love? What time do you live in? And when was the last time, if any, that you spoke honestly about your relationship with time?
Come in, come into this headquarters of the Institute of Suspended Time… we have been waiting for you for days, months, for centuries… and you, were you waiting for us too?