Time has been the subject of much philosophical investigation, both before and beyond the introduction of portable timepieces in the 16th century, when society began to transform and measure its collective success against notions of efficiency, discipline and transience. As a commodity, the concept of time has for a long time been cemented within frameworks of labour and made increasingly more precious, as the desire for personal time, family time, leisure time, is pitted up against demands of economy.

However, as a concept, time occupies many divergent spheres. Time is considered mutually as embodying practicality and diligence; nostalgia and romanticism. As humans we still place great value on time – and we rely on it to in turn add value to our lives and worlds. We believe that time heals, time improves, time eradicates, time recreates.

Time is considered at once invariable and malleable. It is not universal. It is not fixed. Understanding and interpretation of time can change even within a single community or culture.