Continuity of Time in Science Fiction: A Continuous Strip

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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “In the beginning, before human civilization, our world was barren. We were in our primal state; we were only apes.”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “The flow of time allowed us to learn, adapt, and evolve into human creatures capable of creation.”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “The gift of creation allowed us to create structures of different kinds. Overtime, we grew to learn that this gift also came with a price. For everything we create, something is destroyed, and these structures are monuments to the cycle of time.”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “We eventually came to a peak of civilization and our creations got so complex that our world got congested.”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “The humans of this peaked civilzation also grew to create and take advantage of technology. And they asked themselves...”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “What if we could build a rocket that could take us to other planets and galaxies? Do we know how long it will take to reach a galatical entity? In order for this to work, we should consider time dilation in space. And so they flew”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “The humans aimed to travel to all the stars, but then they saw something in the distance...”
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline.
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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    Illustration depicting the continuity of time as a graphic timeline. Text in the image states “Their ship crashed in a foreign place, only to realize that they returned at a foreign time...” The illustration shows the humans standing next to apes.
    Continuity of Time Illustration
    Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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Johannah-Gwyneth Del Rosario
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Project Description: When one hears the word “time” being brought up in any science fiction film, the concept of time travel is typically suggested. However, a lot of these movies go beyond playing with the idea of manipulating timelines and travelling back and forth between past, present, and future, using futuristic technologies like time travel machines and teleporters. Rather, they present time as a cyclical entity with different levels of complexity using these conventions. The drawing aims to highlight the concept of time as depicted in the science fiction genre, along with its multiple abstract layers. Time in this project is portrayed on the basic mind frame of human evolution and expands beyond this frame to show that time is experienced seasonally, architecturally, temporally, and historically. There is no real definite understanding of time, but we do experience its complexities. The singular break in the strip represents the rift explored in Kubrick’s film, playing with orientation to portray a different dimension of time and space. Besides this break, although the drawing is meant to be read from left to right, there is no boundary on the paper separating beginning to end. Hence, if printed out, this drawing could be connected to form a cyclical band resembling a Mobius strip.