Artists Space

Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management

May 17 – May 28, 2023

May 17 – May 28
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 17, 5-7pm

Artists Space is pleased to present Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management, curated by KJ Abudu, Zachary B. Feldman, Emily Small, and Johanna Thorell, the 2022–23 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program.

A color film still depicting a person who walks up a dirt path carrying a myriad of empty plastic bottles. To the person
Still from Hicham Gardaf, In Praise of Slowness, 2023. Courtesy of the artist. [A color film still depicting a person who walks up a dirt path carrying a myriad of empty plastic bottles. To the person's right is a billboard facing away from the camera.]

Kobby Adi, Julieta Aranda, Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle, Yto Barrada, Black Quantum Futurism, Helen Cammock, Maria Chávez, Kajsa Dahlberg, Kevin Jerome Everson, Brendan Fernandes, ektor garcia, Hicham Gardaf, Gerard & Kelly, Simon Gush, Sky Hopinka, Clare Hu, Samson Kambalu, Karrabing Film Collective, Victor Masayesva, Jr., Rosalind Nashashibi, Katie Paterson, Dario Robleto, Finnegan Shannon, and Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor

Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management challenges the dominant modern conception of time as objective, divisible, and linear. Situating the global imposition of this naturalized temporal order alongside the advent of Western capitalist modernity and the implementation of standardized clock time, the exhibition explores how time is represented, lived, and contested in the catastrophic present.

Presenting speculative, historical, and already-existing alternatives to the dominant temporal regime, the exhibition gestures towards a Time Beyond Management—a time outside of imposed regimentations, imperatives to productivity, and self-inflicted time management. The works on view foreground the orchestration of time as a site of struggle and critique, moving away from linear, progressive conceptions of time that historically and continuously enable interlocking systems of social, political, and economic domination. Spanning decolonial and Indigenous temporalities, alternative time-based economies, queered timekeeping devices, and materializations of interwoven time in textile practices, the exhibition resists the tendency towards a singular counter-hegemonic solution. Clocking Out is ultimately an invitation to imagine liberatory futures unhinged from the clock’s regulative hold on everyday life.

Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management encompasses a gallery exhibition, a performance program, and a reading room at Artists Space as well as a film program at e-flux Screening Room. More information on the screening times and location here.

The exhibition will be on view at Artists Space Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Associated Events:

Performances at Artists Space

Sunday, May 21
Gerard & Kelly, Timelining, 2014

Sunday, May 28
Maria Chávez, HMI: Whitney ISP (HyperMemory Installation), 2023

Brendan Fernandes, A Solo Until We Can Dance Again, 2021-23

Brendan Fernandes, A Solo Until We Can Dance Again, 2021-23
Accompanied by a DJ set by Maria Chávez

Film Program at e-flux Screening Room

Saturday, May 20
Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle, Kajsa Dahlberg, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, and Hicham Gardaf

Thursday, May 25
Helen Cammock, Karrabing Film Collective, and Rosalind Nashashibi