With Time Loop we developed a way of conversing in which we look at current dilemmas from various perspectives in time. Time Loop is inspired by the practice of Indigenous communities living at the Great Lakes region in Canada.
In the summer of 2015, we met the theatre group Debajehmujig. They were at a festival to share their stories and history to prevent them from disappearing. They told us that before making important decisions, they first consult their ancestors from seven generations ago, and then they consult their descendants from seven generations ahead. It is after this, that they begin to investigate the impact that the possible decision will have on the present.
Today, short-term thinking seems more important than looking ahead or reflecting on the past. The future becomes an abstract distance, not connected to the world in which we live. Can we extend our sense of time? Enlarge the time-space in which we live and think? For example, what did people think about keeping borders open or shut two hundred years ago, and what will they think in 2216?
Time Loop Revisited
During The Gathering in 2022 we invited Debajehmujig, to revisit Time Loop together with us and to create a (new) space for tangible time and actual questions?
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