009: Panta Rhei (all things flow)


Barker, Timothy Scott. ‘Time and Process’, pp.32-57, in Time and the Digital: Connecting Technology, Aesthetics, and a Process Philosophy of Time. Dartmouth, 2012.

Interesting quotes:

… reality is not a constellation of stable things but of processes… but fundamental forces and the fluctuating activities that constitute reality. (p.32)

… interaction with technology, we see that it is not so much the set of an object by a ‘user’ that constitutes an interactive relationship.  It is rather made up of the relations and activities that are brought about as these two entities encounter each other in the interactive event. (p.32)

For Heraclitus, the father of modern process thought, the river is not an object, but an ever-changing flow; the sun is not a thing, but an ever-changing fire.  Everything in nature is a matter of process, of activity, of change.  Following this, we must abandon the idea of an unchanging subject or object. (p.36)

… technology is both temporal and temporalizing, as it manifest as a process that occurs over time, which simultaneously creates temporal experiences. (p.37)

Whitehead’s time:

It is as if each moment extends over the other moments that come immediately before and after; one moment does not begin and end, rather it extends past the confines of its duration into the duration of other moments.  Every event thus extends over past and future events.  (p.38)

What we perceive as present is the vivid fringe of memory tinged with anticipation. (p.41)

Whitehead’s time is a product of the process of actual entities, and it is this concept of time as produced by process that is central to a temporal aesthetics of digital art.  It allows us to speak of a temporality that is produced in our processual and eventful encounters with the archiving function of vast databases and the nonlinearity and networking capabilities of digital systems. (p.46)

“Each moment of experience confesses itself to being a transition between two worlds, the immediate past and the immediate future.” (p.47)

However, the present does not cause the future.  The present rather conditions the formation of its successor.  This thinking can be brought to bear on digital media by viewing the archiving and retrieval functioning of the database as a method by which the past is carried forward into the present…. Interaction in these terms creates a certain relationship between the present and several segments of the past. (p.48)

Long duration



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