Time and Temporality: Creative Reception and Repetition

Jill Townsley

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Spoons is a sculpture that holds contextual reference through its relation to time. Temporality is made visible as the sculpture randomly collapses in the gallery space over a period of time. It looks at the way time and temporality interact with creativity to bring meaning to an artwork. A proposition is made that meaning is constructed through a process of relational connection between the artwork and the viewer. Communication and meaning are contingent on an ever-changing interaction between origin and reception. This is a creative act, and as such meaning is creative and contingent on the time and the temporality of the moment of encounter. However, moments are always changing, so, meaning is always changing too, as time alters our socially agreed cultural contexts, interests, and concerns. The proposition is that through art thinking, creativity becomes a social event, constructed between origin and reception, fluid and relationally positioned in time and space through repetition. The case study reveals that meaning can be creative and transient, as opposed to specific or fixed, and that these creative constructs depend on time, culturally agreed contexts, and relational conditions. Consideration is also given to how the digital space can disrupt our understanding of time and temporality, as it traverses the analog and digital worlds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity in Art, Design and Technology
EditorsSusan Liggett, Rae Earnshaw, Jill Townsley
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031248696
ISBN (Print)9783031248689
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISSN (Print)2195-9056
ISSN (Electronic)2195-9064


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