Notions of Time

December 3, 2010 6:00 pm to December 4, 2010 10:00 pm

A Two Day Event at the Santa Fe Complex

December 3 & 4

Notions of Time, two days of musical events, short talks by speakers, video, film, and photography will take place on Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4. Notions of Time is part of Art and Music 2010 at the Santa Fe Complex and is in part supported by a grant from the Santa Fe Art Commission.

There are many concepts of time in science and in different cultures,” said Orlando Leibovitz, event curator. Is our perception of time an illusion? What is the present moment? Did the Big Bang create time? Notions of Time asks these and other questions intellectually, visually and musically.

Friday evening will feature a performance of the haunting Quartet for the End of Time, composed and originally performed by Olivier Messiaen and three other French prisoners of war in a German camp in WWII. It will be performed by the Chatter Chamber Ensemble.  A screening of the groundbreaking film Koyaanisqatsi, produced and directed by Santa Fean Godfrey Reggio will follow the quartet.

On Saturday, December 4th, original thinkers will present ten minute talks on time in physics, philosophy, Jungian psychology, the creative process, fiction, Buddhism, Native American culture and other subjects. Videos and photographs that illustrate different aspects of time will be projected. The event concludes Saturday evening with musical performances by the Contemporary Music Department of Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a second screening of Koyaanisqatsi.

Admission for Friday night: Front row Sponsors seating $50; General admission $20. Reservations recommended –

Saturday: $15.  Saturday talks only are free to students with ID.

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For schedule of events:Schedule of events:

Friday December 3

6:00 PM Performance
Quartet For The End Of Time
Composed by Olivier Messiaen

Performed by James Shields, clarinet, David Felberg, violin, Dana Winograd, cello;

Members of both the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and “Chatter,” A Chamber Ensemble.

Guest Appearance by New York-based Conor Hanik, piano.

Quartet For The End Of Time was composed by Messiaen in a German POW camp in 1940. It was first performed January 15, 1941, for an audience of German military personal and French POWs. The work was created to convey the composer’s mystical Catholic notion of eternity and the end of time.

8:00 PM Film Screening
Koyaanisqatsi,  Produced and directed by Santa Fean Godfrey Reggio, with music by Phillip Glass, presents an original visual notion  of time. The title is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.  This film makes extensive use of slow motion and time lapse cinematography,

Throughout December 3 & 4
Video art

  • Origin, by Daniel Lee
  • Re/trato  by Oscar Muñoz
  • The End by Agnieszka Pokrywka

Photographic Images by Harold Edgerton, © MIT 2010 Courtesy MIT Museums

Saturday, December 4

Ten Minute Talks: Notions of Time 1:00 PM

  • Time in Native American Culture N. Scott Momaday, Author
  • No Clocks In Nirvana  - Eric Kolvig PhD, Buddhist Teacher
  • Time in the Physical World Robert Eisenstein, Director, Santa Fe Alliance for Science
  • Q & A 10 minutes
  • Zenos Paradox Paul Livingston, Professor of Philosophy, UNM
  • Time in Music, Peter Pesic, Tutor and Musician-in-Residence, St Johns College
  • Time in Physics George Johnson, Author and New York Times Science Writer
  • Q & A 10 minutes
  • Jung, Synchronicity and Time Anne-Lise Cohen, Jungian Analyst
  • Is Time Like a Flowing River?  The Phenomenology of Time-Consciousness Phil Bartok, Tutor, St Johns College
  • Time Travel in Fiction Guillermo Bleichmar, Tutor, Saint John’s College
  • Q & A 10 minutes
  • Perception of Time in the Flow State Victoria Hughes, Artist, Teacher, Author
  • Time and Complexity Stephen Guerin, Founder, Santa Fe Complex
  • Q&A 10 minutes

5:30 PM Music
Performance by ensembles of the Contemporary Music Program at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design

  • Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Jenny DeBouzek
  • Faculty Ensemble, “Chorale with Alleluias,”composition by Steve Paxton
  • Percussion Ensemble, directed by Angela Gabriel and Jim Goulden

7:30 PM second showing of Koyaanisqatsi

Videos shown throughout the day and evening