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August 30th, 2023: Munch, Oslo, MSI

August 30th, 2023: Munch, Oslo, MSI

Hello, and welcome back to The Present.

This is the monthly update to an ongoing story into the nature of time. I'm your host, Scott Thrift, and this five-minute issue features:

  • The Oslo Experience (3 minutes): I share a passionate film recommendation, tell you about a Norwegian artist, and give you the gist of the talk I presented in Oslo.
  • The Assembly Firm Transition (1 minutes): I will update you on the status of our assembly partner and the relocation of all the clock parts.
  • The Future of The Present (1 minute): You'll glimpse our new space and learn what to expect in the coming months.

The Oslo Experience

I know very little about Norway. The only film I've seen in Norwegian is a biopic about the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and it's easily one of the most beautifully crafted, original films I've ever seen.

I first saw it in 2004 when I walked into a screening at Cinema Village in Manhattan. I floated out of the theater three and a half short hours later in a lofty state of rich world cinema induced bliss.

I've now seen everything by Peter Watkins and formed a lifelong love of Munch as a direct result of seeing the eponymous film three or four times by now.

Munch's most famous painting is, of course, The Scream. It's not just his most famous painting; it's one of the most famous paintings.

Munch's philosophy on his artistic process is laid bare in his statement,

"I do not paint what I see - but what I saw."

That's revolutionary thinking in the history of painting and creativity in general. Before this emotionally charged approach, most paintings were of "things" through the lens of "things as they are," not as they seem.

Realism had been the holy grail until a handful of artists like Munch began to enrich the frame with ecstatic passion.

Munch didn't just change how painters painted; he helped change how we feel about our feelings.

And now there is, appropriately, a Museum in Oslo in his honor.

That's mostly all I knew about Norway until being asked to speak about The Present at a small conference on temporal plurality called Lifetimes, held at the University of Oslo.

I wrapped it all up by passing around The Present Year and fielding questions.

The lively discussion that followed was as exciting as sharing the talk and it all felt like a step in the right direction.

One of the draws of the trip was the chance to meet a luminary in the field of critical time studies, Dr. Michelle Bastian, a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

She is interested in surveying owners who've lived with The Present to research her new book. I'm looking forward to connecting her with some of you soon.

I also enjoyed meeting Asbjorn, who has supported me for many years. His Moon timepiece travelled with me on the plane to complete the trio. Here he is using scissors on his Swiss knife to open the package.

On my way back to Burlington, VT I stopped by to visit Josh, the engineer, and was pleased to see our original test movements from 2021 perched up in his new place, all in sync.

The Assembly Firm Transition

The Scope of Work was signed last week, and I am proud to announce we officially now have an assembly partner until at least August 2024.

Between yesterday and this morning, 14,179 lbs (6431.4862 kg) of clock components were picked up and transported to MSI.

The Future of The Present

Last week, I signed a one-year lease on a small 120 sq ft space where I can continue to assemble in conjunction with MSI as we gradually shift assembly of all nine design editions to them over the year.

We can move things from our current space to the new one on September 15th. The plan is to put enough inventory there to continue making timepieces without feeling too cramped.

As always, I appreciate your support, understanding, and patience as I do my best to deliver this ten ton work of temporal art, and keep you up to date on the progress.

In time,

Scott Thrift

PS. I've left the "dark mode" edition of my site behind and would love to know what you think about the new look.


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