It is said that some objects last longer than others. They find a way of persisting longer. But there is philosophical disagreement about how to understand persistence – which is a factor of time. Objects considered four-dimensionally are said to persist by perdurring rather than enduring – in relation to time factor.
The more familiar three-dimensional objects such as people and furniture are usually considered to exist entirely at a single time – thus they are said to persist by enduring through time.
Contemporary artists are nowadays investigating many issues concerning the nature of time and some of the unresolved/unanswered questions about time; the most important ones being whether in our world, the future and the past are as real as the present; what manner of time travel are possible and the relation between time and the mind.
The workshop will also look at issues around time as a construct of capitalism, the mnemonic aspect of time that allows us to stand still and take stick of our space and who we actually are. Further issues like the relating to time like alternative realism, the concepts of Afrofuturism and African time will be lead bare.
With the workshop planned within the framework and theme (Telling Time) of the 10th edition of the African Biennial of Photography coming up in Bamako later in November, we will not overlook narratives that will focus on the present day situation of African Nation States with the proliferation of coups, insurgency and regional instability especially in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.