The Space-Time Continuum

A long time ago I read a short passage in some obscure corner of the internet. I cannot remember the details nor can I remember the source. All I know is that it has stuck with me for a long time. The fact that music decorates times and art decorates space. It seems such a simple concept and yet it is profound in its sense of finality. Music is movement, it’s a performance and takes time to unfold. Art fills the blank spaces of the world and fills them with something else. This might be beginning to sound very philosophical however, it is an interesting way to approach why artists create what they create.

It can be argued that music can take up space and that art captures a moment in time. Music has the ability to pervade every sense, transport you to another place, essentially creating a space in its own. Art also takes a moment, a split second of time and freezes it in place, or in more complex ways, it can capture the same type of movement that music does.

This discussion arose from the content of my CACS101 lecture. In my interpretation, it is a way of distinguishing between each creative practice. For instance poetry works in the realms of time and sculpture works in the realms of space. It is a form of representation, presenting either a time or a space. But this feels too definite for many things and as I said above, when it really comes down to it, creative pieces are very much a combination of space and time. It is a way to represent a concept the artist has in a ‘physical’ form, and supposedly everything ‘physical’ exists in both space and time.

Time is often seen as a human construct. Everything is happening because we are experiencing it. And we distinguish these different experiences as a different point in time. Scientifically, whether as a constant in Newtonian physics or a variable in Einsteinian Physics,  time has a different meaning. It explains our movement in the universe’s history and in our own. Again, time comes back to this movement which leads us back to music and performance and other such features of time.

Space itself seems like an emptiness that needs filling. In opposition to the movement of time, it appears as a constant. Something always there. In the universes creation, no one around was there to measure ‘time’ and yet we knew there was space. Stars were forming and collapsing and planets followed. Time was essentially passing, and yet nobody was there to take notice of it. Space was being filled though, literally and figuratively. Humans have an urge to fill space, and perhaps in some metaphysical way, the universe taught us that.

All creative disciplines can be simply placed into either the categories of either space or time. But I personally believe, that this fully realised concept, this representation that an artist creates, becomes a piece of space-time. It exists and so it is. It permeates time or freezes it and it fills a space or conveys one in itself. How this little piece of space-time makes you feel is what is truly important.  Creativity often has the ability to redirect from reality. It can be argued that a creative piece of work creates its own time and space and immerses the audience within it. That is why it is so vital that artists focus on how the space-time delivered in their creation represents the concepts behind it.

Space and time are such huge ideas and thinking about them for too long and what they really mean is often confusing. If this entry is anything to go by, I confuse myself in trying to articulate my personal thoughts on the subject. However I think it can be agreed that as humans we will always have this urge to fill space and time.

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