Central Booking is not your average Lower East Side gallery; home to book arts and science-art exhibits, this spot on Ludlow is a haven for art which finds itself on the fringe of the mainstream art world.
Currently on view in the main gallery room is Time and Again, a show dedicated to art exploring time and space, curated by the gallery owner Maddy Rosenberg. Exploring the concepts of the physics of perception, relativity and subjective time, this show includes the work of 18 artists from around the globe.
But Central Booking is not the kind of gallery that would just exhibit time and space inspired art – they want to talk about it too. Two panels events followed the opening of the show, the most recent took place on March 20th. “How Technology, Science, & Art Are Changing Our Perception of Time” brought together five panelists spanning the arts and sciences, all of whom were connected by the theme of time in different ways.
By Julia Buntaine
Richard Leslie is an art historian, art critic, editor and curator, as well as a professor at the School of Visual Arts, and a board member of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc, a member-based website which has brought together the science-artists of the world since 1988.
Greg Matloff, astronomer and astrophysicist working as an associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology, is also an author, and regular consulter for NASA. Best known for his work on solar sails, Matloff was the token scientists of the evening. His latest book, co-written with his science-artist wife C Bangs, is Biosphere Extensions: Solar System Resources for the Earth.
David Pleasant brought some music to the evening, using his body as the main source of acoustics. A professional percussionist, story-teller, performance artist and rhythm effects vocalist, Pleasant’s work combines his background of Gullah/Geechee culture – known for their body percussion – with ideas about space and time in rhythm.
Jaques Laroche offered a cyber perspective for the evening, with formal training in computer science and philosophy of science. Laroche is also an author and recently published Anonymity in the Swarm: A Practical Guide to Online Security.
The final panelist, Olga Ast, was in a way what bound the panelists and the show together; Ast is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist, long-concerned with how to represent the intricacies of space and time through art. Ast is the founder of ArcheTime, a cross-disciplinary conference, exhibit and film festival, which aims to engender true collaboration between the arts and sciences. Ast is also an author of the book Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time, which brings together the work of over 60 artists, writers, and scientists (including a few of the panelists, and many in the group show).
Between these five eclectic panelists it was a wonderful evening. No matter how many heads you put together, it is a difficult task to identify exactly how art, science and technology are changing out perception of time, and there were many good-humored disagreements during the discussion following the panel. One thing we could all agree on is that our perception of time has changed, and in turn, is changing all the time.
Time and Again is open through March 30th.