There are those who think their bodies don’t exist. They live by mechanical time. They rise at seven o’clock in the morning. They eat their lunch at noon and their supper at six. They arrive at their appointments on time, precisely by the clock. They make love between eight and ten at night. (...) When their stomach growls, they look at their watch to see if it is time to eat.
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
Ten RCA students formed an independent time community. They were removed from societal time – left alone – reduced to their bodies. The transitions from active to rest phases was very fluid, and not at all related to the contemporary fragmentation of time (or alarm clocks). They described their experience as Lightman wrote:
They do not keep clocks in their houses. Instead, they listen to their heartbeats. They feel the rhythms of their moods and desires. Such people eat when they are hungry, go to their jobs (...) whenever they wake from sleep, make love all hours of the day. Such people laugh at the thought of mechanical time. They know that time moves in fits and starts.
Tutor: Dr Helga Schmid
Photo Credits: Michelle Brand, Andrew Bell, Jiahua Chen, Benton Ching, Teddy Choi, Baohan Jiang, Shiyuan Hu, Giorgia Scavo, Tomi Laukkanen, Jiechen Zhang, Meng Zhou
Thank you to Jessie Teggin, The Quadrangle Trust
Across RCA, Royal College of Art, 2017