By Nancy Dewhurst
White Sands National Monument, NM
October 25, 2016
“What’s the difference between time wasted and time well spent?”
Kaitlin’s parting question to me as we swapped shifts for the “Human Sundial”. Alongside our personal projects, we spent our first and only full day at White Sands taking turns to stand in the sun for an hour as a human sundial (a project initiated by visiting artists Annie Danis and Andrea Steves - Andrea is from collaborative Fictilis: http://www.fictilis.com/ - and primarily coordinated by Andrea and Hollis). Whilst on duty, the sundial would contemplate a question or prompt that their predecessor had left them.
My immediate thought in answer to Kaitlin’s question was: “time well spent is productive, time wasted is unproductive”.
Is time really wasted if it doesn’t result in a product? Money is ingrained into the language we associate with time.
My parting question to Hollis:
How can we choose our words to talk about time without talking about money?
Speaking of production, here I am thinking about being a machine with my Atlatl / giant spoons: https://youtu.be/MarJm6OqMnM