This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time


​ Editors: Angela Harutyunyan​ and Nat Muller​ 

 Language: English
 Subject: Art & Architecture
 Publication Date: 2016
 Number of Pages: 164
 Book Dimensions: 21*24 cm
 Cover Type: Paperback
 Shipping Weight: 0.703 Kg (view shipping rates)   

 ISBN: 9789953586205

 Price: $26

This Is the Time. This Is the Record of the Time is a hybrid anthology of commissioned art and written works on the subject of capturing time and temporality, representing a collaboration between the American University of Beirut Art Galleries and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

​There is a common perception that time is accelerating. The need to pause, slow down, and regain ground has become a necessity, to grasp our “Runaway World," as Anthony Giddens aptly terms it. Critically evaluating this precious commodity, time, with thoughts grounded philosophically, historically, and in terms of media theory allows for a more in-depth discussion on the perception of time and how the act of recording it affects its perception and treatment.

The experience of time is mediated by the technologies that record it. Quoting the introduction, “Thinking about Time: Proposition" by one of the editors, Angela Harutyunyan (p. 23), the book proposes “that to think time and to experience the time of thinking makes oneself out of joint with time or, rather, with the notions of temporality that dominate our epoch." 

Concept Note

Jump out of the plane.

There is no pilot.

You are not alone.


This is the time. And this is the record of the time.

This is the time. And this is the record of the time.

(Laurie Anderson, “From the Air," Big Science, 1982)

​The exhibit from which this book developed was held first in Amsterdam (September 2014) and later in Beirut (March–July 2015) accompanied by a symposium. The book's intriguing contents will be of interest to artists, curators, art historians, philosophers, and other scholars and students of arts and humanities interested in theoretical and art critical debates on temporality and questions pertaining to time and history.