Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Cristina David, RO

In her project for Manifesta 8, Cristina David investigates the conventions of social time versus cosmic time, measured over what we classify as a single year - one full rotation of the earth around the sun. David presents a video in which an astro-physicist discusses these ideas from a scientific point of view. The artist also stages a performance in which she stays in Murcia for six weeks (October 9- November 24), changing the normal rhythm of her life from the conventional time zone (UTC) to a personalised astronomical time. Her methodology involves scientific accuracy and daily personal experience, resulting in an evolving installation in which her diary notes are made available to the public