Time, Forward!, a new project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and V—A—C Foundation, seeks to question the notion and function of time and how it relates to new forms of consciousness, action and sight in the twenty-first century. The title is also an ironic take on the revolutionary 20th century concept and Soviet slogan. Time Forward! was also the title of a celebrated novel in the 30s, then a film and tune that was very popular across decades and which is still highly recognisable today. While its original use proposes an optimistic and progressive view of acceleration, the exhibition takes a more critical position towards the celebration of velocity and compression of time in the digital age.
With artistic production at its very core, V-A-C Foundation has commissioned 13 new works, some site-specific, by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists for Time, Forward!. The artists all met in Venice in May 2018 to activate a collaborative dialogue intertwining their ideas and they were asked to imagine and suggest strategies to cope with the accelerated digital time. When our lives are deluged with images, tweets, real and fake information, can we embrace tools or positions of resistance that will help us improve our living conditions?
Participating artists: Rosa Barba, Aleksandra Domanović, Valentin Fetisov, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Daria Irincheeva, Alexandra Sukhareva, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Adam Linder, Haroon Mirza, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, James Richards, Kirill Savchenkov, Where Dogs Run.