08/08/2014 08:47 am ET Updated Aug 08, 2014

What Does A Minute Feel Like?

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The other day, I was a lab rat in a performance-art piece on the High Line. The artist, an Argentinian named David Lamelas, arranged forty-odd people—friends, tourists, commuters, passersby—shoulder to shoulder, like an extra-long police lineup. “The time is now six-thirty-five,” he announced, looking at his phone. Starting at one end of the queue, we were each supposed to wait for what we estimated to be one minute and then call out the time. Lamelas created the piece (called “Time”) in 1970. It was last staged at the Tate Modern, in London. Its intention, according to Lamelas, is to “reveal the subjective nature of Time.”

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