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Commissioned by
Akademie Schloss Solitude

 Stuttgart, Germany 
 

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Solitude Journal 4

Time After Time

The fourth iteration of Solitude Journal, Time After Time is based on the perceptions of time inscribed in and reproduced through colonial systems, as a decolonial approach to the length and/or parameters of time. Writer and editor Dzekashu MacViban was invited to develop a theme for this edition with co-editors Jazmina Figueroa and Denise Helene Sumi.

For the cover of Solitude Journal 4, Time After Time, Beton.Studio processed a drawing from the series Studies in Aqueous Time by former fellow Zahra Malkani. We would like to thank the artist for the possibility to use one of her drawings as the cover subject. Reproductions of the original drawings can be found in the journal.

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Kala
Chakra

Temporality in Contemporary Hindi Poetry

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Kalachakra gathers temporal hacks

within an archive of translated Hindi poetry

spanning epochs. Synthesizing

fragments in Hindi poetics with contrapuntal plead

and spirituality, BaRiya’s anthology

represents language’s quantum

and inherited nature. Or with what they describe

as »chants and lore emanating from language’s dips

into temporal devices,

of disrememberment, of devotion,

of ruins, of elsewhere(s),

of waiting,

of delays;

of restfulness.«
- Solitude Journal 4, Time after Time,
Akademie Schloss Solitude

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At certain points in the simulation, there hang paintings[1], which seem like fishnets garnered over similar landscapes, geographic lines left incomplete (to prevent coloring into?), with brackets of water. Each painting is so similar to the previous one, it seems as if they are evolving maps. The paintings serve as both cartographic reflections at the larger space of the simulation, and as a poetic break for the user.

 

[1] Kallat, Reena Saini’s series, ‘Deep rivers run quiet’

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