Karin Borer & Daniel Kurth at the Giulietta offspace in Basel.


Karin Borer & Daniel Kurth: Kommt Zeit Kommt Rat
20 January  –  14 Feburary, 2021
Giulietta, Basel

If one imagines temporality not as a homogeneous continuum, but as a sequence of individual events, then time takes place in the transitions. The clock seems to run only between the events. However, events themselves also have a duration, but time is perceived differently. The clock runs erratically and chaotically as if the hand was being prevented from moving forward by an unknown force.

While the needle tries to move on it randomly changes position, it is thrown back again and again, until released. Then it leaps forward and continues its regular movement at a certain point.
The event is static. Time is moving; the ephemeral. It is „between-the-states“ and so the events are „between-the-time“; the observable. If we were to observe time, it would seem to stand still - we would die of boredom.
Rock and sediment deposits represent such observable states. They are layers of earth, on top of which we are born. They are what we build upon, but of which parts are also mined and messed up. As re- sources, they can be processed into something else, but ultimately the outcomes always return to the same cycle. A new start perhaps.
The sediment layers differ locally. It consists of gneiss here, lime there, sand elsewhere. They have different qualities. There are also regions where only one layer exists, which has undergone very little change. There are sediments that erode more than others. Some fossilize; they become rigid until they breakdown again.
There are even places where layers fold. They overturn, wedge, fissure, and collapse under their pres- sure. The surface turns inside out. Layers become porous. Passages to the underworld are revealed.
In other areas, the sediment is soft and loose. Here animals get busy. Beetles, worms, and moles dig their complex tunnel systems through different layers. Every now and then they pierce through the top and come up to the surface, which is the „present-layer“, the one we live on. If you were to explore these tunnel systems with the abilities of a worm, you could smoothly move through different states. There would be shortcuts and you could loop through time. You could wind your way into the past, which you probably couldn‘t change, but you could feed on it – like a worm.

(Text by Daniel Kurth)