The measurement of time has long captured the imagination of artists, writers, scientists, philosophers and theologians who meditate on the threads that run through virtually every revolution in human science. Using concepts of time as the subject the works in the exhibition may interpret a specific incident in or period of history; precise measurements of time; applications of astronomical observations and navigation; time as a scientific or spiritual concept; the future, current events or the role of time in a person's life and memory.
The exhibition will take place at National Glass Centre from April 6 – Sept 6 2009 with a complementary events programme delivered in partnership with other venues in North East England from April 09 – April 2010. This will include one-off film/video screenings and a talks programme involving artists, astonomers, scientists and theologians that will reach a different audience in each venue.
This exhibition and events programme take its cue from the Venerable Bede's treatise 'On the Reckoning of Time' – an introduction to the traditional and medieval view of the cosmos. Bede used observable proofs and mathematical calculations to teach the astronomical principles that informed his calculation of the Anglo-Saxon calendar. Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences continues to have profound implications for the development of science, philosophy, culture, our general conception of the universe and how we mark time.
Venerable Bede was one of the key figures in establishing the historic monastic site of on which National Glass Centre was built in 1998. Wearmouth-Jarrow's, churches St Peter's and Paul's still have very active and engaged congregations and its outstanding universal value lies in its influence on learning; its environment of cultural internationalism and free thinking; its part in the emergence of European identity (it has since been acknowledged as a 'European powerhouse of culture'); the survival of original fabric in some of the buildings and, significantly as the home of one of scholarship's original giants – Venerable Bede, the Father of English History.
William Burroughs, Manon de Boer, Bill Drummond, Keith Cummings, Henry Hay Hunter, Dominick Labino, Liliane Lijn, Linda Montana, Joao Penalva, Steven Pippin, Ginny Reed, Kiki Smith
National Glass Centre, Kielder Observatory, Bede’s World, St Paul’s Church, Star and Shadow
Cinema, The Great North Museum
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