100 Ways to Consider Time

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 1: Arrival
photo by Jed Speare

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 2: Counting
photo by Nicholas Procopi

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 3: Sands of Time
photo by Jed Speare

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 4: Rock Time Part 1
photo by Jen Mergel

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 6: Progressions
photo by Clare Conley

Day 10: Melting 100 Ways to Consider Time

100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 10: Melting
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 11: Earthquakes
photo by Liz Munsell

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 13: Balancing
photo by Raissa Bretana

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 14: Seeing Numbers
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 17: Entropy 2
photo by Jed Speare

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 21: Borders
photo by Sarah Wentworth

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 22: Longest Day
photo by Mags Harries

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 23: Approaching Infinity
photo by Jed Speare

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 25: Crocheting a Mile
photo by Raissa Bretana

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 27: The Long Drink
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 29: One Line
photo by Mark Solinsky

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Day 30: Happiest Time
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 31: Dust
photo by Daniel Embree

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 34: Who's Next
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 36: Rice
photo by Andee Rudloff

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 39: Seashore
Jeanne and Stokley Towles gallery
photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 43: Ocean
photo by Daniel Embree

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 44: Free Time
photo by Thomas O'Malley

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Day 48: Another Plane
photo by Bob Rizzo

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Day 49: Ice vs. Snow
photo by PEter Kosewski

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Day 50: Breaths
photo by Vela Oma

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 54: Clock 3
photo by Jen Mergel

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 56: Drops
photo by Daniel Embree

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 58: Half-Hours
photo by Thomas O'Malley

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 63: Spiral
photo by Jed Speare

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 65: Numbers
photo by Raissa Bretana

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 66: Beans 2
photo by J Rice

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Day 68: Beans 2
photo by Michael Mendez

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Day 69: Clock 5
photo by Julie Fentin

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Day 71: New Planet
photo by Raissa Bretana

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Day 72: Seconds
photo by Jen Mergel

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Day 74: Puzzle
photo by Yuenjie Maru

Day 77: Sea 100 Ways to Consider Time

100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 77: Sea
Photo by Chelsea Coon

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 79: Narrowing
photo by Tony Pham

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Day 80: Close Attention
photo by Johanna Soris

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 81: Hiding
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 81: Hiding
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 83: Transfer #2
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 83: Transfer #2
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 84: Dispersion
photo by Jed Speare

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Day 85: Sorting
photo by J Rice

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Day 88: Record
photo by Clare Conley

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 89: Spring
photo by Raissa Bretana

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Day 90: Gradation
photo by Zoe Billman

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Day 91: Keeping Up
photo by Phil Fryer

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Day 92: Waiting 2
photo by J Rice

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Day 94: Smells
photo by Vela Oma

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Day 95: Black Sand
photo by Bob Hall

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Day 96: Gravity
photo by Mary McCuster

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Day 98: Orbits
photo by J Rice

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 98: Orbits
photo by Bob Hall

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 99: Salt
photo by Mark Solinsky

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Day 100: Flowers
photo by Mark Solinsky

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 101: Beyond
photo by Marilyn Arsem

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100 Ways to Consider Time
Day 101: Beyond
photo by Marilyn Arsem

Performing daily, for six hours each day, for 100 consecutive days from November 9, 2015, to February 19, 2016. Each day was a different performance about time.

event:
2015-2016 exhibition in Gallery 261 of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
venue:
Jeanne and Stokley Towles Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
location:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
sponsor:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
date:
November 2015

Project Notes:

Consider these 100 performances as a series of inquiries on the nature of time. The constant across all of them was their six-hour duration. However, the length and quality of each of those six-hour periods felt profoundly different because of the choice of actions.

Some of the actions were personal and idiosyncratic, some more methodical and scientific. Some were poetic, others were practical, some were playful, and some were meditative. Many of the performances involved conversations with the audience or asked for their assistance. A number of the performances focused on the timescale of material processes of growth and decay, while others experimented with different ways of measuring time, with mechanical devices, through the mind, with the body, or in relation to specific actions. On some days, scientific texts were read out loud, other days were still and silent.

The 100 performances were not planned in advance. Each day’s action grew out of what had occurred the previous day. The actions were straightforward, using minimal materials. A single action was chosen for each day. Audience members coming into the room to observe for a few minutes might not see anything that appeared monumental. But the longer they stayed, the more they could begin to recognize the implications of sustaining that action for six hours.

People began to return regularly to the gallery to see what that day’s action would be. They in turn helped to explain the work to newcomers. It is neither common for a museum to show performance art, nor for an exhibition to change every day.

Printed cards were available in the gallery for the audience, inviting them to respond to the question, “How do you experience time?” Rather than being asked to write about the performance, they were instead being invited to participate in the work. More than one thousand visitors to the exhibition responded to the question, leaving written answers in the gallery, sending mail and emails, and posting photos and comments online on Twitter and Instagram.

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