Passing Time: (In)significant Moments
In 2016-2017,PNAP developed a project theme that related to students concerns that could be iterated in writing or art across all classes. The theme was “The Long Term” and included classes and guest lectures that sought to unravel the impacts of long term sentencing and honor the long term struggles of mothers, families and communities who work against the incarceration and criminalization of their neighborhoods.
Artworks were created by students enrolled in a spring 2017 course titled “Passing Time: (In)significant Moments,” taught by SAIC Associate Professor Andres L. Hernandez. Students discussed and learned ways in which artists creatively symbolize, document, and measure time, and were inspired by these methods to create small-scale and time-based artworks exploring the following questions: What does it mean to wait, short- and long-term? What do we do to pass the time? How are acts of waiting significant in our lives? A body of work emerged: a set of symbols; a series of playlists and liner notes for the long term; a set of miniaturized survival kits for the long term.