Adriana Nóbrega

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TEXTS
    the time
    Acordei e todo o tempo era hoje

2022
    Portuguese man o’ war  
    Smashed Crab
    Medieval Sea Monster

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    Casas de água


2021 
    Balão pato
    The travels of Gulliver's duck    
    Inundação
    Pato Tinó
    Confissões ao espaço
    Rose farm
    Beginning of the end -teamwork
    Shape of Roses (Dead)
    1 a 100 -past 
    The circular garden
    Jack the monkey
    Drawn volumes

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    risomas imagiológicos
   
2020
    Gelo 
    BUFFALO RUNNING in the dark            
    ANO 0 103-365
    1-365 ANOS
    Trajeto da água: não é um bem consumível
    Branco sobre branco    
    Do céu ao líquido
   
2019
    Montanha portátil   
    Texturas monotípicas
    Cinzentos
  
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    Ilha portátil
    Histórico da ilha   
    Monotipado repetitivo
    Rendas Algoritmo

2018
    Tudo é uma janela
  
    Introspective laser

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    Agustina
“IT’S TIME. IT’S ABOUT TIME. IN TIME, ON TIME. TIME BY OUR SIDE, TIME ON OUR HANDS. TAKE YOUR TIME, TAKE TIME OUT. TELL THE TIME, TIME WILL TELL. SPENDING TIME, TIMING IT. A LONG TIME, A LOT OF TIME, THE WHOLE TIME. IN MY TIME, AT TIMES, FOR THE TIME BEING, ALL THE TIME. HAVING TIME, KEEPING TIME. KILLING TIME, WASTING TIME, DOING TIME. FOR A TIME, FROM A TIME TO TIME, AT THE SAME TIME, SOME OTHER TIME. TIME AND TIME AGAIN, IN NO TIME AT ALL. TURN BACK TIME, THIS TIME AROUND. SET A TIME, SERVE YOUR TIME, GIVE SOMEONE THE TIME OF DAY. WORK AGAINST TIME, BE BEHIND THE TIMES, FALL ON HARD TIMES. THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED, THE TIME HAS COME. TIME PASSING, TIME RUNNING OUT. TIME’S UP. TIME’S OUT …”


REPETITION; BIOLOGICAL TIME; MULTIPLE PAST IN THE PRESENT


“... ‘what happens when nothing else does’? Is there an atemporal eternity that is wholly separate to, or encompassing of, everyday duration? Are there times other than the present moment? Will it only ever move forward?”- Amelia Groom, Introduction//We’re five hundred years before the man we just robbed was born on book TIME, edited by Amelia Groom, Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2013.



The indefiniteness of the term "TIME", together with the immense ways of referring to a state of time, is mirrored by the way we live it: this constant repetition of a present that has become past and will be future, almost a multiple and constant present, an inexistence of reaching the future and only through memories glimpsing the past.
We are stuck in a present. However much it does not let us out of this repetitive state of time, it is through it that we see the past and march, backwards, towards a future1 .

The present is a frozen state of time, in which the living being (us) is only kept alive through the past, its reliving, sensations, actions, states of mind, ... where past timelines are created that mix and manipulate the present and, consequently, multiple (im)possible futures are created and/or kept alive by creating other possible presents and/or futures that often do not get to be lived beyond imagination.
Timelines only exist from the imagination and/or reflection on other periods of time by these beings frozen in a constant present, who would never come out alive from this multiple present2 .
Unfrozen time is an unreachable time for us alive, trapped, frozen, blinded innocently believing in an attainable future, in a future as alive as we, frozen beings. The only possible moment or state to reach this TIME - past, present, future - is the thawing of this present from where we pass from living beings to
dead beings, as if each being existed in an ice cube and was "living" its day by day through a game (life) and, when we die in this game, that is the only moment when the cube is finally thawed and we start to experience this whole other timeline.

However, none of this is real and definitive any more than our definition of "TIME" which is constantly mutation, distortion, alteration, manipulation, transformation, variation, metamorphosis, change, mutability, modification.



1  “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” - Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, The Medium is the Message, 1967

2  “Once upon a time, the past was the past and the present was today.” - Elena Filipovic, This is Tomorrow (and Other Modernist Myths), 2007


written in June 2020