Questions to Consider When Encountering Maps & Clocks
• Who is the mapmaker or clockmaker?
• Who is the intended map/clock user?
• What is the purpose of the map or clock?
• What, if anything, on the map or clock is up for question?
• What is being taken for granted if and when you use the map?
• What temporal landscape does the map/clock embody? What year was it made? Does it still stand the test of time? What has changed? What has remained?
• Where are you in time when you are using the map or clock? What are the intersecting and conflicting temporalities are pulled into your NOW/present when using the map or clock?
• Imagine the boundaries and Contested Boundaries that the map or clock contains. How can they be remapped/redrawn/re-envisioned to be more equitable in time and space?
• What unspoken agreements, understandings, contracts, social constructs, and negotiations are embedded in the map or clock?
• Once we dismantle the master’s clock, what clocks or timekeeping practices will take its place? What already exists that we can learn from? What can we communally create?
Rasheedah Phillips: Placing Time, Timing Space, Dismantling the Master's Map and Clock
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
-Robert L. Peters