Material Temporal Work in Artistic Innovation: How Hilma af Klint Powered Time

Miriam Feuls, Christina Lüthy, Silviya Svejenova

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This chapter explores the material temporal work involved in protecting a radical artistic innovation, conceived ahead of its time, from incomprehension and projecting it into the future in search of receptive audiences. Inspired by the trajectory and recent rediscovery of the pioneering abstract artist Hilma af Klint, we suggest that it is temporal agency (i.e. anticipating of and acting upon one’s future significance) and material temporal work (i.e. influencing, sustaining, or redirecting interpretations of time through materiality) that enable the radical artistic innovation to reach receptive audiences, spanning over a century. We distinguish two processes of material temporal work: bifurcating time by working in parallel along established and unknown temporalities, and bridging time by narrative construction, waiting time, and emotional resonance with distant-future artists, museum curators, and critics. Taken together, these two processes power time as the ultimate organizer of a radical artistic innovation’s comprehension and appreciation, i.e. engage time in the politics of meaning.
TitelOrganization as Time : Technology, Power and Politics
RedaktørerFrançois-Xavier de Vaujany, Robin Holt, Albane Grandazzi
Antal sider25
ForlagCambridge University Press
ISBN (Trykt)9781009297257
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781009297288
StatusUdgivet - 2023


  • Material temporal work
  • Radical innovation
  • Art
  • Powering time
  • Emotional resonance
  • Politics of meaning