by 14 February 2019


Jennifer Walshe, Timothy Morton, Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, M.C. Schmidt, Streifenjunko, Vilde & Inga


Sonic Acts


Amsterdam, NL


Performance, Opera

Time. If no one asks us, we know what it is. Or at least we know what one of the different versions of it is.

Deep ecological time, evolutionary time, time travel, longitude, time expansion and contraction, alternative timelines and parallel universes. Polyphasic sleep, anti-ageing creams, fertility clocks, black holes and artificial intelligence. The groups of neurons forming population clocks within our brains, the nanosecond of difference between the space-time of our feet and heads, the monitoring of every second through our devices. Dinosaurs. And crying.

Timothy Morton and Jennifer Walshe join forces to explore the multiplicity of temporalities at the heart of being human. Everyone in the room is important – the fast-paced digital time of M.C. Schmidt and Walshe, the deep geological rhythms of Lee Patterson, the liminal eternal drones of Aine O’Dwyer, the shifting tectonic plates of Streifenjunko and Vilde&Inga, the audience, whose entropy demonstrates that time is indeed passing. The audience will be monitored by heat-sensitive cameras throughout the show. The duration of the performance will be between 70 and 90 minutes, dependent on the level of entropy present in the room.

  • Composition:
    • Music: Jennifer Walshe, developed in collaboration with Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, M. C. Schmidt, Streifenjunko (Eivind Lønning & Espen Reinertsen), Vilde&Inga (Inga Aas & Vilde Alnæs)
    • Text: Timothy Morton, Jennifer Walshe
    • Direction and video: Jennifer Walshe
    • Stage and lighting: Aedín Cosgrove
    • Sound design: Úna Monaghan
  • Performers:
    • Jennifer Walshe (voice, electronics)
    • Lee Patterson (electronics)
    • M.C. Schmidt (voice, electronics)
    • Eivind Lønning (trumpet)
    • Espen Reinertsen (saxophone)
    • Áine O’Dwyer (voice, harp, electronics)
    • Inga Aas (double bass)
    • Vilde Alnæs (violin)

TIME TIME TIME has been commissioned by Borealis – en festival for eksperimentell musikk, Sonic Acts, MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, and London Contemporary Music Festival /​Serpentine Galleries. The commission was supported by Arts Council Norway, Arts Council of Ireland and the Performing Arts Fund NL. Funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Commissioned as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


World Premiere
Sonic Acts Festival 2019
24 February 2019
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam

Borealis – en festival for eksperimentell musikk
9 March 2019
Bergen, Norway

24 March 2019
Berlin, Germany

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
13 September 2019
Oslo, Norway

London Contemporary Music Festival/Serpentine Galleries
14 December 2019
London, England

Pieter Kers
George Knegtel
Charitra Jain (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
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