KAIROS is the second collaboration between Loren Fetterman and Stefanie Elrick fusing poetry, live performance, installation art and creative technology. Kairos presents a mechanical model, an alternate conception of time based on a systematic study of the cycles and synchronicities we experience in our everyday lives, translated into a piece of living art.
Their first collaboration Written in Skin can be found here.
In ancient Greece there were two understandings of time, known as Chronos and Kairos. Chronos represents the linear and objective, a force outside of our control that is consistent, perpetual and inflexible, the steady pulse of the modern clock. Conversely, Kairos is a more subjective notion of time, one that recognizes an organic, rhythmic pattern of intersecting cycles that imbue each moment with its own unique qualities.
Kairos is not merely an elaborate way of thinking about our fluctuating emotions, but instead suggests that our inner life of thinking, feeling and willing and the events that shape us are influenced by larger patterns of meaning in which we are embedded. If Chronos is the heart beat, Kairos is the blood circulating through the organs of the body of time, each serving its own function and purpose.
Far from being a deterministic model of existence, Kairos recognizes both the effect of patterns greater than ourselves that are beyond our control and the patterns that we project onto the world of our own free will. Our emotions are then understood to be expressions of our relationship to the quality of the present moment, suffering resulting badly timed intentions, and happiness being an expression of harmony. Understanding this, we develop intuition by learning to navigate this invisible landscape of meaning, and thereby discover that there is a time to reap, and a time to sow.
What does Kairos mean to you?
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