Breaking Geofraphic & Time Conventions: 
the idiosyncratic space of a world traveler

    All human beings have been set up in the same outside system with its rules, which everyone should follow as common knowledge. While from my perspective, each person has his or her own internal comprehensive system. My project breaks geographic and time conventions by a new definition of one day, one month, one year, time zones and locations.  
  In the work, one may see that a day starts at the middle point, which begins in between the sleep-point and the wakeup-point. Then ends in the middle point, which is between the next sleep-point and the wakeup-point. The middle point of the person’s sleep cycle is the 0:00 o’clock of his or her day, and that can match a specific time zone that may be different than the person’s physical location. So this specific time zone is the person’s internal time zone. A month starts from the first day of a female’s period and ends at the first day of her next, and a year starts from the day a person moved into a place and ends at the day he or she moved out. In the project, I use myself as a reference to build a one year (the common sense of “year,” from March 2009 to March 2010) long idiosyncratic calendar, world map, and globe. Meanwhile, I also use multiple media types, such as movies, websites, crochet sculptures, etc., to show audiences what internal time is, where our internal locations are, and how old we actually are.

--by Yuanyuan Li--Nov.2009 

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