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A Storm is Blowing

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The museum’s Timekeeper in Residence, Cathy Haynes’s improvised 3D diagram strings together 35 widely different historical pictures and models of time, in an installation based on public participation and named after Walter Benjamin’s essay warning against the assumption that history as a line of progress is natural and inevitable. Haynes’s elements include an ancient Egyptian game of life in the form of a coiled snake, the philosopher Hegel’s vision of history as a tulip bulb, a multi-dimensional trapeze act, the future figured as a many-horned goat, a five-metre chart of history as a stream, an astronomical wormhole, and an eighteenth-century parent of the Facebook timeline.

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