Exploring the Mystery of Time

September 6 – 12, 2018

Exploring the mystery of time from different perspectives: art, science, philosophy, psychology, literature, film, mystical experience… 

“I hear the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppled masonry, and time one livid final flame.”
James Joyce, Ulysses


What is time? It is at the same time what is closest to us and the deepest mystery. So close we cannot step outside it and watch it from a distance. And actually, when we attempt to do so, the  notion of time itself seems to fade away, to dissolve into timelessness, where past, present and future merge into an eternal instant.

Join us at The Pari Center to explore the mystery of time, from the perspectives of art, science, psychology, philosophy, literature, film and mystical experience. We are not aiming at answering the impossible questions but rather awakening to the awesome fact of our existence in time, of the transient, terrible, marvelous, phenomenon that is life itself.

The Janus Point: A New Theory of Time’s Arrows and the Big Bang
Julian Barbour
Time and Consciousness
Mauro Bergonzi
Language, Time, and the Value of Lives
Warwick Fox
Film and Time: How Movies Make the Impossible Real, or, How Reality Makes the Unreal Possible
Christopher Hauke
Making Time: Writers, Time and Literary Creation
Alison MacLeod
Time in Contemporary Art
Hester Reeve
Being and Becoming in Modern Physics
Shantena Sabbadini
Time, the Psyche, and Timeless Mind
David Schrum
Time Travel: The Physics, Philosophy & Fiction behind Doctor Who
Gordon Shippey and James Peat Barbieri