AROUND | HERE
07/07/2018 - Eremo Santa Maria Maddalena, Spoleto
The exhibition AROUND | HERE will be focusing on the perception of time inside the hermitage. Before the 13th Century, monasteries were in charge of timekeeping, for both themselves and entire towns and villages. Unlike today, the canonical hours were a very fluid way of measuring time; a unique scheme constantly in flux. This fluidity was encouraged by the devices used: the sundial during the day, a temporary water clock, or the astrolabe to calculate the positions of the stars at night.
The monastic ideal was keeping track of time not only as a way of ordering the days but as a temporal division, interiorized in the form of a mental articulation of the passing of the hours. In the cenobitic horologium vitae, time and life were intimately superimposed to the point of nearly coinciding.
Discussing ideas of transformation, routine and history, this sequential division may be found in the works of the exhibiting artists and becomes the element allowing to understand the life of the individual and the community inside the hermitage.