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Temporal Dreaming

Carla Harryman, Cleveland


The American Dream is melting here on the corner of Church Street and W. 29 in Cleveland


As I was stating to cris cheek the other day as we discussed the durational project of our witnessing its meltdown, I only have antagonistic associations with the phrase, whose codification arrives in the early 1930s, or perhaps in the 1920s.


My view of the phrase as a cover for nationalistic ideology, exceptionalism, and its multiple histories and currencies of violence, in some company goes without stating. Whatever is happening just down the road says it all.

This reference to down the road is open to projection.  But “you know what I mean.” I mean, when was the last time one listened when TAD was invoked? What do I attune to in its disappearance? Ta ta old man!  Though M whom I conversed with earlier today would comment with a sense of her particular immigrant circumstance that it’s going to mean something different for everyone.  Just now someone on the green is noting that it lends itself to isolationism. My sense is M does not want to see it go, and for her, the anti-immigration hyperbole down the road is the source of its disappearance.

I search for the language
that is also yours—

almost all our language has been taxed by war.

–Allen Ginsberg


But here the physical, digital, and conceptual meet, and the ice sculpture is already showing signs of fragility. Its prism thinning, the ice letters become more transparent to the band aid-colored paint of a neighborhood building. The shadow moves to purple.

The disparity of wealth makes history.


“The shape of the letters causes them to bear weight differently”


Dawn of the Anthropocene Timelapse

Dawn of the Anthropocene Time Lapse from LigoranoReese on Vimeo.

Timelapse video of The Future melting at Flatiron North Plaza in New York City on September 21, 2014 during the People’s Climate March.

“As long as we continue to think of humanity as separate from nature, our solutions will be partial and their effects minimal. Social change drives climate change. We are both separate individual organisms and united by society and ecosystem.” – James Sherry, Social Environment post

Video – GoPro by Ben Wolf
Edit – Marshall Reese
Sound – Gyorgy Ligeti, Poeme Symphonique for 100 Metronomes