An Hour

27 Nov 2020

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Fri, 27 Nov
12:45 – 14:15

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: Radar

This event will take place via Zoom and booking is essential. Login details will be emailed in advance to all those who book.

An Hour is an online performance where performers attempt to count time, accurately, for an hour, counting the seconds silently, saying only each (supposed) minute out loud. The audience, gathered in the same Zoom call, watches and listens to their attempts.


Join Radar for an online performance commissioned to mark the launch of the Institute of Advanced Studies' 2020/21 Time Programme.

The work consists of performers attempting to silently count seconds for an hour, saying only each (supposed) minute out loud. The audience, gathered in the same Zoom call, watches and listens to their attempts. In this, An Hour explores the concept of time as duration, and how we might experience time passing when we give ourselves over to it.

The work creates a tension between the mechanical measuring of time and time as subjective experience, through performers' attempts to measure themselves against clock time. This tension is compounded by the knowledge that participants are being watched to ensure they comply with the instruction to sit and count time for an hour.

The performance will be followed by the workshop 'Spacetime and Chronotope – How Disciplines Conceptualise Time', organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies. This must be booked separately: please click here for further information.

This event is part of Radar's On Time project which is taking place this academic year in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies. 

Invitation to Participate
How better to consider time than to spend time with it? Not with your thoughts - there is no time for that - but by counting. Observe the seconds pass in your mind and wonder: was that 21 seconds or 22?

If you would like to perform in the work (counting seconds silently and minutes out loud for one hour), please email David Bell -, and we will send instructions.

About the artists

Alison Ballard is a multi-media artist and lecturer, currently teaching at London Metropolitan University and Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Martin Lewis is an artist, lecturer and PhD by practice research student at Loughborough University. His research is concerned with drawing, repetition and duration.

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