Installation view, Offbeat Live Art Festival, Oxford, 2022
Credit: Hannah Pye
Town Time is a playful and contemplative piece that invites people to briefly uncouple from the constantly moving wheels of measured time and question the reasons behind society's need for us to be cooperative and compliant in it's precisely organised structures.
Participants are invited to spend a period of time with the artists engaging in an activity chosen from a menu provided. At the end of the session, participants are invited to set their timepiece back by the amount of time passed and spend the rest of the day on Town Time.
Town Time is inspired by an exhibit at the Museum in the Park, Stroud that tells of the moment in 1880 when Stroud was one of the last towns in the UK to switch from Town Time to GMT after the arrival of the railway system. In the switch Stroud 'lost' nine minutes. The amount of time varies from town to town depending on their geographical relation to the Greenwich Meantime Meridian.