I COUNT ONLY SUNNY HOURS
“I Count Only Sunny Hours” navigates through archival materials, interviews, and moving images to trace fragmentation of time and pleasure. Using different concepts of time ( part-time, flexible time, mental time, and deep time ) “I Count Only Sunny Hours” explores the displacement of leisure by the logic of productivity and anxieties of precarious employment. It follows multiple histories: marble quarrying, geology, U.S. public institutions, spread of literacy, and flexible work.
In its current form as a two channel video, a historian describes a patch of herbs from quarry workers’ settlements, a geologist explains the formation of mountains and microscopic foraminifera, and giant machines cut building size blocks from the depths of a mountain. “I Count Only Sunny Hours” parses minerals, memories, sites, and bodies to zero in on the moments of pure leisure, and dives deep into the meaning of work and time.