Time is a slippery thing: it can speed up and it can slow down, it can propel us through life or keep us standing still. We’re always trying to make time or to fill time, to cut down how long it takes to do something or to get somewhere.

‘ Time is dead as long as it’s being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.’ William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury (1929) 

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This episode is part 1 of our ride on the wheels of time. This is the slow episode and looks at what happens when we ‘take time’.

We ride with Stanley Donwood, artist, writer, cyclist, and Boneshaker contributor (‘Four Insignificant Bike Crashes’ in issue #14).

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Stanley’s artwork has been used on the sleeves of all those Radiohead albums, and he’s just spent a couple of years producing covers for 21 JG Ballard books.

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We hear how he steps out of time to get things done, how cars are a fallacy of speed and time, and how crashing his bike was not entirely insignificant.

Nick Hand is another master of time travel and slow craft. His Slowcoast journey around the British Isles was an antidote to the quickening wheels of time. Some of these meetings featured in early issues of Boneshaker (#2, #3, #4, #5, #6)

coastNick traced the artisan craftspeople that live along the edge of the country, those who work outside of the culture of mass production, taking time to make.

Meeting stick makers, songsmiths, weavers and lobster pot makers, to give us a rich and varied picture of the British Isles today.

 

xc6c5403_largeMusic in this podcast has been by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt with Rosendo Rocha, as well as The Agrarians and Eartheater.

Copies of The Book accompanying Nick’s Travels can be found over in our shop

Written, produced and presented by Gary Fawle at Events in Sound

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