PRINT January 1988


HANNE DARBOVEN'S CONSTUCT OF TIME is about the transience of life, the inevitable passage of time. Even the most ingenious ideas become obscure with the years unless they are saved from oblivion and repositioned in a contemporary context. The present determines whether the past is still alive, and perspectives on the past have shifted according to the needs of the times. Today our present feels as endangered as the past. We become further disoriented in our spatiotemporal relationships as countless historical fragments float randomly out of context, burying us deeper in amnesia and heightening our sense of loss.

In defiance of this loss, Darboven has set up constructs of time in writing. What she writes may include her selection of small factual details of life as well as its important events, “facts about humanity that move me”1 such as quotes from literature, or entries from the 1973

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