HOW THE STARS STAND
A Martian day is 24h 39m 35.24s, approximately 2.7% longer than a standard day on Earth. I will live according to Mars time for a full (although approximated) cycle – that would see my ‘day’ gradually separate from Earth bound standards, invert, and then slowly return to synchronicity, an action that should take approximately 37 days to complete.
This performative action is being conducted in consultation with Dr. Michael Allison of the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies and will be conducted from July 15th until August 21st – with a closing reception on August 22nd.
Please visit the project website howthestarsstand.com for more details.
Our experience of time is not constant, rather, it flexes and yields to the specific nature of our passage through space. Bound to Earth, this concept seems imperceptible, for we know no time but our own. Yet as we chart our passage around the sun, revolving on our own familial axis, time operates differently elsewhere. Compelled by operations outside our experience, each planetary body moves in its own discrete cycles, heeding standards that are as foreign as they appear desultory.
From Earth, such notions hold no weight unless we ourselves become tied to them – fastened by our own physical connection to this extraneous action. In an effort to illuminate these invisible constraints and become conscious of the standards that govern them, I intend to abandon Earth time and instead live by time as experienced on Mars.