Deep Time Lab with Nina Elder

On view February 8, 2019 – May 11, 2019
in the Clinton Adams Gallery.

Deep Time Lab is an experiment in how we situate ourselves within time. Throughout the Spring 2019 semester, this project will orient participants to earth’s new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene. Defined by human impact, urgency, and unprecedented change, this era reveals that there is not a single, predictable future. History is a story that can be retold and revised. What will be is being scripted right now. Deep Time Lab seeks new connections between past, present, and potential futures, by exploring time as a language, a measure, an art medium, a social context, a scientific principle, a spiritual space, and a cultural expression. Over the course of three months, artist in residence Nina Elder will host students, community members, and visiting collaborators to foster interdisciplinary experimentation.  The Lab will allow for evolution and cross-pollination between ongoing inquiries and responses.

Through UNM Art Museum’s inaugural creative-in-residence program, local artist Nina Elder utilizes the upper gallery as a participatory studio and laboratory (rather than exhibition space) to engage UNM students in collective and creative research processes.  The residency is situated as a site for critical thinking, experimentation, and co-creation.  Through this project, we are holding space for new ideas to form. The goal is to foster open-ended, multi-vocal and evolving content alongside our students and partners.