Calendar Collective is a living archive of alternate calendars. It is an ongoing investigation for collecting, cataloguing and publishing calendars that are little-known to our world. We use openly contributed voicemails as are our unique research material. The archive offers an uncommon collection of calendars traced through these unwritten and slightly incongruous fragments.
We are open most days about midday, seldom as early as the daybreak, some days as late as dusk. We close about when the sun goes down or twilight and occasionally at midnight but sometimes even beyond midnight. Some days we are not here at all, but lately, we are here most of the time except when we are somewhere else.
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Calendars increasingly play a fundamental role in establishing our everyday rhythms, shaping our consciousness of temporality. But these tools are not neutral. They codify values and behaviour while obscuring the politics of time embedded in their representation. After all, how we represent time affects how we conceptualize time.
The alternate calendars propose unfamiliar ways of occupying time. These calendars are used not just to tell but to think about time. Today when all known systems of organizing time can be altered overnight, when our relationship with time is in flux and when boundaries of 'should' and 'must' are becoming blurry, these alternate pieces respond to the polyrhythms that exist in society. As the pandemic forces us to live in an unreal time in the real world, these brace us for the new reality. The accompanying voicemails are a reminder that complex socio-cultural systems based on alternate temporal thought have always existed and still do.