David Lamelas produces performances, photographs, films, and installations that arrange simple, often minimalist forms to encourage localized awareness of time and space. A key figure of the Argentine Conceptual avant-garde of the 1970s, Lamelas has been working in Los Angeles since 1970. He is renowned for his influential and innovative investigations of fundamental concepts such as time, space, and language. The artist is interested in the dematerialization of art and the durational potential of ideas and constantly pushes the viewer to reevaluate our physical and metaphorical position in the world.
For the High Line, Lamelas will invite park visitors and the neighboring community to participate in a new interpretation of Time, a work originally performed in 1970 at Les Arcs, a ski resort in the French Alps. For Time Line on the High Line, Lamelas invites a group of people to stand along a line, beginning the piece by announcing the time at that very moment to the first participant in line, who then “holds” the time for an estimated one minute, at which point they then announce the time out loud and “pass” it to the next person, and so on, eventually revealing the subjective nature of time. Visitors are encouraged to join the line at any point as well as using their native language to announce the time, adding their own subjective sense of time to the performance’s duration, both temporally and physically.
Images 1 – 9 by Liz Ligon. Images 10 – 14 by Claudio Papapietro.