How are space and time connected? Or do they exist independently? Truth is, it’s a complex concept. So much, in fact, that it receives its own branch in philosophy. A seemingly endless amount of questions is revolving around the time-space complexity. And on top of that, there are, of course, the scientific concepts.

Being a highly interesting topic with a number of approaches and open questions, it leaves room for creatives and all those who keep an open mind to create their very own ideas centered around what provides the framework for our lives: space and time.

Elements Structuring Our World

Time and space are not touchable; they are neither objects nor anything we can make a hundred percent sense of. They are difficult to grasp, as they are infinite like the universe, present everywhere, yet perceived highly subjectively. Nonetheless, they form the basis for how we make sense of what is happening in this world; time and space are the frame within which we organize our knowledge and information.

Without consciousness, space and time are nothing – Robert Lanza

Do space and time exist outside of our minds? According to the proponents of realism, they do. On the other hand, however, anti-realists believe that time and space cannot exist without the mind.

This leaves us with the question of whether time and space are illusions, somewhat, two components to help us structure our lives. Tying into this, philosopher Immanuel Kant stated that those two elements provide the order for our experiences.  

Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality – Immanuel Kant

Curved Space – Not Just Straight Thinking

Spacetime is a concept that forms the underlying mathematical explanation of our world. What is called a dimension in ordinary space – x, y, and z – is, in fact, an event in spacetime. Here, three dimensions of space are being fused with the component of time, t. It all goes back to the theory of relativity.

Curved Space
Curved Space – what our minds might not initially see: the seemingly two-dimensional surface is rounded – Koh Samui, Thailand

Looking at the portfolio image above, we might, at first glance, only be able to see two dimensions. However, the fine lines, when looking a little closer, change our vision and call at our minds: We realize that the surface of the water is curved. This is because of the light refraction phenomenon, which is essentially the bending of the light. Traveling from the air into another substance – here, the water. Hence, it is the illusion of a curved space.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to understand – Robertson Davies

This reminds us that there are things we cannot always see, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t exist – also in regards to creativity. All too often, we have to look twice to understand, to see, and just because one person perceives something one way, doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong. Always keep an open mind and allow the image to draw you in. This opens new perspectives. Creativity is curved in the sense that there is not one straight line of thought.

Perception of Time in Space

How we, individually, perceive space in time – and time in space – is highly subjective. Even though time is linear, moving, and never stopping, each of us perceives time differently in a given moment. And this moment is associated with a specific space we’re in, or a space we imagine, associated with a specific time.

Bring the concept of space and time into your home and create a sphere for yourself where you can, creatively, philosophize about it. This portfolio image is available on Motion2Concept . For questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.