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The Longest Minute: Time Line on the High Line

August 28, 2014

 Participants take their spot on the line. Photo by Liz Ligon

How long is a minute?

This was the question posed by artist David Lamelas during his performance Time Line on the High Line. The interactive piece took place in three different locations throughout the park on July 22, 23, and 24. Park visitors were invited to stand along a white strip of tape and “pass along” the time. The performance began with an announcement of the time to the first participant in line. That person “held” the time for an estimated one minute, at which point they then announced the time out loud and “passed” it to the next person. Visitors were encouraged to join the line at any point and to use their native language to announce the time, thereby adding their own subjective sense of time to the performance’s duration.

So, how long is a minute? Sixty seconds.

Photo by Liz Ligon0:00 — Artist David Lamelas using the modern man’s preferred timepiece to announce the hour. Photo by Liz Ligon

Photo by Liz Ligon0:10 — Participants begin to ponder their placement. Perhaps they should have chosen a shadier spot. Photo by Liz Ligon

Photo by Claudio Papapietro0:20 — Is it “one Miss-i-ssi-ppi” or “one Missi-ssippi”? Photo by Claudio Papapietro

Photo by Liz Ligon0:30 — Practice makes perfect: some participants came prepared to make the most of their time. Photo by Liz Ligon

0:40 — Just a few strangers standing silently in line, nothing to see here. Photo by Claudio Papapietro

0:50 — That awkward moment when you realize your neighbor is also holding your minute — so it better be right. Photo by Claudio Papapietro

0:60 — Pure joy. Photo by Liz Ligon