Long Now Talks

Alicia Eggert

This Moment Used To Be The Future

Interdisciplinary artist Alicia Eggert and Long Now's Executive Director Alexander Rose are in conversation for this special discussion of time, art and long-term thinking.

Eggert's sign work uses sculpture to bring time to the foreground, embodying its passage through carefully chosen quotes. These words, rendered in neon and steel, cycle rhythmically through subtle text changes designed to encourage a heightened awareness of time and place in the viewer. In the sculpture “This Present Moment,” she uses an epigram of Stewart Brand’s from his book The Clock of The Long Now, which she first encountered while doing research in 02008.

For further reading, see Long Now Managing Editor Ahmed Kabil's 02021 interview with Alicia Eggert and Long Now Fellow Jonathon Keats' article on Eggert's work in Forbes.

Alicia Eggert's neon sculpture This Present Moment, will be on display at Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture from November 02022 to February 02023.

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