Towards a new Time Culture

By Morten Svenstrup,  Edited by Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard,  Translated by Peter Holm-Jensen

This text reflects a search for different ways of living our lives and structuring our societies in new (and old) ways. This search takes its starting point in time theory. It considers the notions of time in our high speed societies very problematic and suggests new ways of thinking about time – based on balance and context. Insights provided by art and art theory are used as theoretical foundations.

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 Towards a new Time Culture

  • Foreword
  • Preface

Rhythms between Senses, Nature and Society

  • Lefebvre and rhythmanalysis
  • Becoming and rhythm
  • The differentiated return and the mechanical return
  • The body as a nexus of rhythms
  • The body as a measure, the body as a sensor

Concepts of Time

  • Nature and culture
  • The timescape
  • Eigenzeit
  • Zeitgeber
  • Sensitivity to time

A History of Rhythm

  • An attempt at a temporal diagnosis of history
  • The first temporal Empire
  • The economy, the machine and intensified time
  • The clock and the disembodied future
  • The second temporal Empire: the nonstop society
    and extensified temporality
  • Network time: computer language, integration and
  • Life within the second temporal Empire

Decontextualisation and Temporal Blindness

  • Towards a history of time: a summary
  • Between the abstract and the concrete
  • The context that disappeared
  • Growth versus long-term thinking

Art and the Peaceful Gaze

  • The sphere of art and the shield against soft pollution
  • Aestheticsen sibility
  • Michel Serres and aesthetics
  • The peaceful gaze

 Towards a new Time Culture

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