Time Mapping Essay
The purpose of Time Mapping is to explore past, present, future, memories, and more, through cut-ups. This process includes cutting words out of magazines or articles and combining them to create new phrases, sentences, or ides. The words can stand on their own as well.
I enjoyed the process of mapping with words because it gave me the opportunity to explore texts and look at them in different ways. In a collaboration piece, my partner and I came up with the idea to cut out passages, or paragraphs of text, and block out almost all of it. We left choice words that when brought together, created a new meaning.
My partner and I chose to do a mixture of the meanings of words but with the general positions being past, present, and future, left to right on our horizontal page. The left side deals with words such as history, before, and the creation of space. We thought that the beginning of anything can be compared to the vastness of space. The word “time” comes into play multiple times to emphasize that time is always there. The letters are skewed into different directions, suggesting that time has no direction. The word “new” is used is a funky purple font. We used this to show that things can get different or weird but it’s “new”, and therefore in the future or immediate present.
“People moved at different speeds; animals much more so. The wings of insects moved too fast to see, though one could judge their frequency by the tone they emitted-a hateful noise, a high E, with mosquitoes, or a lovely bass hum with the fat bumblebees that flew around the hollyhocks each summer.” (Sacks 2004: 1)
In the very beginning of this piece, Sacks brings up facts that almost everyone knows, but never pays attention to. Of course we know that the insect is flying because it is moving its wings. Although we cannot see it, we know it to be true. This article, in a way, slows things down for the reader and allows us to realize the speeds in which everything travels.
“The hours and minutes still seem excruciatingly long when I am bored, and all too short when I am engaged…There is an exaggerated consciousness of time in such situations; indeed, when one is bored there may be no consciousness of anything but time.” (Sacks 2004: 3)
This quote intrigues me because it is absolutely true. When you think about time, you are consumed with it, and it seems as if it will never move forward. However, if you are unconscious of time, you are lost in it. Time can move much faster when you are not paying attention to it.
“The subject of space and time perception is becoming a popular topic in sensory psychology, and the reactions and perceptions of athletes, and of people facing sudden demands and emergencies, would seem to be an obvious field for further experiment, especially now that virtual reality gives us the power to simulate action under controlled conditions, and at ever more taxing speeds.” (Sacks 2004: 4)
Controlled time, as seen with simulations, can be used as exercises for us to catch up with its increasing speed. In the beginning on this article, Sacks points out that everything is rapid motion. Simulations are used to help us perceive time and to better our coordination with it.
“Dreams can take wing, move freely and swiftly, precisely because the activity of the cerebral cortex is not constrained by external perception or reality.” (Sacks 2004: 5-6)
Time in strictly manmade. This being said, reality cannot touch dreams and that it why everything moves freely in dreams. What seems to be a lifetime in your dream is actually only seconds in reality.
“Nevertheless, we humans, even the fastest among us, are limited in speed by basic neural determinants, by cells with limited rates of firing, and by limited speeds of conduction between different cells and cell groups. And if, somehow, we could accelerate ourselves a dozen or fifty times we would find ourselves wholly out of synch with the world around us…” (Sacks 2004: 9)
There is a reason that our brains can only process so much at one time, and that includes processing speed. If we were to speed up, we would not be in sync with our environment.
To “disappear”, I would minimize my room as much I could, only leaving the necessities. Sometimes when the younger children, ages 3-5, are over, they like to play in my room. Leaving nothing for them to play with, or taking my artwork off of the wall, suggests that it is a neutral environment, one that is not occupied for the most part. – My “Disappearance Guide” Essay
I took an illustrative approach to this project, recreating scenes from my room as if I were to actually disappear from it. Disappearing from my neighborhood, while still living at home, would be a challenge but it could still be done. One of the issues I arrived at was with the children in the neighborhood. Their age ranges from 3-5 and whenever they are over my house they like to play in my room. If I am going to “disappear”, I need to take most of my personal affects out of room. This includes posters, papers, books, shoes, and anything that could tell someone that I have been there.
I thought the video was an interesting compilation of seemingly similar motifs. The narration spoke of the universe and as he was speaking, the imagery mirrored his words. Splattered paint was compared to the cosmos and then it showed similarities in different forms of media, such as posters. The use of hands was also interesting. The hands seen in the video were mainly those of women and their fingernails were painted. They could have been painted to match the setting or theme. The narrator goes from the universe, to the body, then animals, and then microorganisms.
I would minimize my room as much I could, only leaving the necessities. Sometimes when the younger children, ages 3-5, are over, they like to play in my room. Leaving nothing for them to play with, or taking my artwork off of the wall, suggests that it is a neutral environment, one that is not occupied for the most part. – My “Disappearance Guide” Essay
In “How to Disappear in America”, Evan Ratliff talks about the personal connections that were made and that those connections helped people find his location. In applying this to myself, and my disappearance efforts, I am choosing to depict my room in a manner that it is no longer an embodiment of myself. I have neighbors that would come over my house and play in my room or take my colored pencils to draw with. Taking away my personal affects and simply organizing my room in such a way that it looks like no one lives in it could help aid in my “disappearance”.
My neighborhood consists of eleven different families. Since we live on a dead end street, most of us are close to one another. This being said, I would only have to focus on five out of the eleven families when I plan my disappearance because I do not see those other families, let alone contact them in any way. In this plan, I’m choosing to keep my own family informed and therefore placing a lot of trust on them to keep my plan to themselves.
My first priority is transit. I walk ten minutes to a nearby train station Tuesdays through Friday’s to get the class, and my neighbor does as well. On my way, I also see children from my neighborhood waiting for their school buses. To fix this problem I would most likely take the train that is much earlier than my normal one. This is to prevent anyone on my block from spotting me. Of course, I am not sure if anyone else on my block would be up at that earlier time, so I would have to test these being stages on my plan. My return from school might be a little tricky. There is no set time as to when some of my neighbors will come home, due to the hours of their jobs. This can cause me to run into them at any given time. My first step is to start coming home at different times every day to throw off anyone who might now my schedule. I would also have to acquire everyone’s working hours, which I can most likely get from my parents. When I receive this information I can then plan on what times I can return home during the week. Adding to this, I would also find out the location of their jobs, as to avoid going to or near those places.
Family cooperation is key. I need my family to make up excuses for my absence if they are asked. The go-to excuses could be that I am still at school, sleeping, or possibly visiting my sister at her college. This can slowly dwindle down to unsure answers, such as, “I don’t know, probably at school”, and then cease answering all together.
Social media comes into play. I have some of my older neighbors on Facebook and a few of the younger ones on snapchat. I can block and unfriend those from snapchat easily. Facebook, on the other hand, I would have to unfriend them and make my page for my friends’ eyes only. I will occasionally share a post of Facebook, but besides that I am mostly silent, so it will probably not come as a surprise that I stop posting. Deactivating my account is also an option.
Disappearing from my neighborhood would also mean that I could no longer attend birthday parties, get-togethers, or barbecues. This does not bother me. Work and school are known as priorities and I can therefore have a family member tell my neighbors those excuses.
On weekends I can simply stay inside, otherwise I can give a quick glance to see if anyone is outside when I need to leave. Ideally, I would exit my house through the back door, but my next door neighbor has a motion activated sensor that turns on when I leave through my back gate. Therefore, leaving through the front door is my only option.
This step may be unnecessary but I would like to add it anyway. I would minimalize my room as much I could, only leaving the necessities. Sometimes when the younger children, ages 3-5, are over, they like to play in my room. Leaving nothing for them to play with, or taking my artwork off of the wall, suggests that it is a neutral environment, one that is not occupied for the most part.
I wouldn’t take this as far as being concerned about transactions or the rest of my social media, because I feel that although my neighbors might care that I have “disappeared”, they would not investigate it because they have my parents. My parents can provide answers in the beginning and slowly withdraw them as time goes on. I feel that this method is best because after a while, my neighbors would most likely cease to ask about me.