Short film to explore everyday experience of time in the pandemic

Olivia Miller
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A short film that captures the tempo of life during the first 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic will premiere online on Tuesday 21 December at 13.31.

Best viewed on mobile, the seven-minute film titled The Time will be a visual experience that will appear to ‘take over’ the viewer’s phone as it plays.

The Time is a response to the A Day at a Time project co-led by Professor Emily Grabham (Kent Law School) and Dr Dawn Lyon (Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research [SSPSSR]), documenting accounts of how people are experiencing the concept of time during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Time is key to how the pandemic has reconfigured everyday life, and in so doing has highlighted already existing differences and inequalities.

The Time was created by artists Paula Varjack and Chuck Blue Lowry with young people from South East London. Its premiere will be followed by a discussion between the artists and academics on collaboration, creative practice and the concept of time.

A Day at a Time is a collaboration between scholars at the universities of Kent, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, Stirling, and York, the Mass Observation Archive, and Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency. It was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Alongside Professor Emily Grabham and Dr Dawn Lyon, Kent academics involved include Dr Simon Bailey and Dr Nadine Hendrie both from the University’s Centre of Health Services Studies.

It explores first-hand how featured diary-writers sustained and made new everyday rhythms and routines, especially in relation to the household and the role of media, technology and material devices in the structuring of time; as well as the experience of speed, suspension and other forms of waiting – with a focus on the present and the future.

Individuals can register to receive the free of charge link for The Time premiere on Eventbrite.

The Time will be available to view after its premiere on the A Day at a Time website.