Over Time Blog

Artists’ Notes:

Two of Gavin Maughfling’s sketchbook pages from 5 hours onsite:

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4 thoughts on “Over Time Blog

  1. OVERTIM(d)E – a number of performative antisigns, with related performance on the opening weekend of exposition. One as ‘undertime’ as tide rises on 13th, one as overtime on 14th as tide recedes.

    Charlie Fox and counterproductions

    OVER UNDER TIDE TIME – the tide waits for no man

    Sign that swivels one way then goes another – up/down

    Sign that rises and lowers

    Sign that swims, sign that sinks.

    Man in mud (impression of Under time and expression of Over time) chain and pile plus costume.

  2. Mariner’s Song (anon):

    ‘Ah, for just one time I would take the North West passage
    To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort sea
    Tracing one warm line through the land so wide and savage
    And make a north west passage to the sea.”

    ‘These people are in nature verye subtil, and sharpe witted, readie to conceive our meaning by signes, and to make answere, well to be understoode againe… The will teache us the names of each thing in their language, which we desire to learne, and are apt to learne any thing of us. They delight in Musicke above measure, and will kepe time and stroke to any tune which you shal sing, both with their voice, heade, hande and feete, and wyll sing the same tune aptlye after you. They will rowe with our Ores in our boates, and keep a true stroke with our Mariners, and seem to take great delight therein… They have boates made of leather, and covered cleane over, saving one place in the middle to sit in, plancked within with timber, and they use to rowe therein with one Ore, more swiftly a great deale, than we in our boates can doe with twentie.They have one sort of greater boates, wherein they can carrie above twentie persons, and have a Mast with a Sayle thereon, which Sayle is made of thinne Skinnes or bladders, sowed together with the sinews of fishes. They are good fishermen, and in their small Boates, being disguised with their coates of Ceale skinnes, they deceyve the Fishe, who take them rather for their fellow ceales, than for deceyving men. They are good marke men. With their dart or arrowe they will commonly kill Ducke, or any other foule,I the heade, and commonly in theeye. When they shoot at a great fishe with any of theyr Dartes, they use to tye a bladder thereunto, whereby they may the better find them agayne, and the fish not to be able to carrie it so easily away, for that the bladder dothe boy the darte, will at length be weerie, and dye therewith.’ (Best’s account of Frobisher’s voyage toward the north west passage 1576-1578)

  3. Fantastically rich and generous event on 11th October with contributions from a fascinating array of experts/perspectives. This rich vein of cross-currents and time travel continues at The National Maritime Museum on Sunday 26th event – 12-4pm. Well worth visiting – while Sailor Forbes still hums:
    Ah, for just one time I would take the North West passage
    To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort sea
    Tracing one warm line through the land so wide and savage
    And make a north west passage to the sea.”

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