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Much of my current practice revolves around photographic and film based processes, extensively exploring the ephemeral nature of time and light and our reactions to it. By clawing deeper into what “time” itself means to me, I hope to expose similar curiosities in my audience.

Previous works have explored the depth of human psyche, the power of language, as well as the phenomenology of light through photography, film and installation based works.

My most current work is “Dash”, a series exploring the phenomenology of time and plays on the interdependence and significance of time and human memory.

The elapsing of time is often represented by a single short line, the dash. The passing of years of war, a person’s lifetime, or the length of time something existed and then didn’t; it’s easy to forget that little line represents so much.

“At the deepest level, in physical reality, time is reversible. It is only the introduction of individual, subjective measurement that induces the "illusion" of time's arrow. Physical time is best viewed as helical, as something that constantly wavers backwards and forwards, proceeding onward toward the future only in an uncertain, vacillating and oscillating manner.” (Goertzel, Ben, On the Physics and Phenomenology of Time)

“Dash” takes the concept of ‘now’ and by extension ‘time’ and asks the viewer to question their definitions of both. Where do they fit in their own stream of consciousness and how does their individual experience of past, present and future define them?

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Meagan Hackworth
Detail from “Wars and Conflicts Timeline, 1010 – present”
2013

photographic print, 1.2m x 4.5m

from Series Dash

Meagan Hackworth
Details from “Untitled”
2013

single channel HD video, duration 3:23 (loop)

from Series Dash

Meagan Hackworth
“10 : 05 : 13 | 01 : 02 : 34 | 00 : 30 : 00”
2013

photographic print, 59x42cm

from Series “00 : 00 : 00”

Meagan Hackworth
“21 : 05 : 13 | 02 : 32 : 38 | 00 : 34 : 00”
2013

photographic print, 59x42cm

from Series “00 : 00 : 00”

Meagan Hackworth
Details from “Untitled”
2013

single channel HD video, duration 6:18 (loop)

from Series “00 : 00 : 00”

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