Time Tries All Things by Grace Weir

21 Jan 2019 – 29 Mar 2019

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Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm

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Institute of Physics

England, United Kingdom


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  • King's Cross
  • King's Cross

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Time Tries All Things by Irish artist and filmmaker Grace Weir is the inaugural show in the Gallery at the Institute of Physics, a new £30M building in the heart of London’s Kings Cross.


Weir’s immersive two screen video installation is a poetic and lyrical meditation on different conceptions of time; scientific, philosophical and cinematic. Time Tries All Things invites viewers to reflect on their own lived experience of time and how it can be illuminated by scientific knowledge and theory. The profound and complex question of how we understand time has exercised scientists, philosophers, writers and artists since the earliest civilisations, from Galileo to Stephen Hawking. The questions with which they have grappled are formidable: How do we measure time? Is it absolute or relative? Does it flow, moving forwards from a fixed, known past towards an unfixed, unknown future? Is time finite? Does it have a beginning, an end, or both? Is time an illusion? Is the past real? Does the future exist already?

Weir explores these questions through her 30-minute work, featuring Professor Fay Dowker and Professor David Berman, reflecting on their own theoretical perspectives on time.

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