27 October 2016, Cambridge MA, 10:07 am, light snowfall. 8km walk from Peabody Terrace to the Boston Common and back. Walking with a sail, rope in one hand. Thinking how far I can walk before feeling weary. Lean against the park fence opposite the tennis courts. Watch two dogs playing. Place sail over the stone pillar of a wooden fence that lines the perimeter of the park. Walk on to join the river, watch the ducks. Place sail on a bed of leaves.
Apollonius of Rhodes (b. ca. 295 BCE) tells the myth of a quest for the Golden Fleece in the Hellenistic poem, Argonautica. On a perilous search for the fleece of a golden-haired, winged ram, Jason and the Argonauts aboard the Argo venture across rough seas toward the kingdom of Colchis. The epic poem is a story of battling intense physical and psychological exhaustion. Apollonius indicates the time of day by referring to the physical weariness of the Argonauts. In contemporary times, the perils faced by the Argonauts is pressingly relevant wherein a politics of time is intimately linked to the depletion of the collective social imaginary and exhaustion of resources.
Time measured by physical depletion along with An exhausted are tests for a work in progress that materialises the sails of the Argo. Lines from the poem are laser cut from canvas. The sails will be unfurled at various points along an endurance walk, with its duration determined not by clock time but by bodily exertion.