Time is the canvas on which life is painted; it is immortal, perfect and colourless. In civilisations past, time was a central character in their build, degeneration and demise, therefore, the painter, the writer and indeed actors in any process need time for action to increase chances of permanence at realisation. This is all about regenerative arts. Regenerative art is time friendly.
Time is the permanent determinant of how, when and what becomes of actions, processes, events, man and the environment. It is an abstract phenomenon. It can be ignored because it is largely a psychological phenomenon made concrete to human by his/her actions. If man stops, time stops in human world. This does not mean it is static. If a character in a work of art stops, time stops for him. If he loses grip of his conviction to conquer, he fails. Regeneration process stops for him. Regeneration does not permit break in transmission.
Time is a stronger determinant than man’s wit. Its continuous nature is responsible for human desperation and subsequently, the trigger that sparks off conflict. Conflict is sparked off and heightened by the fear of not realising intent. Therefore, since time sails and it is orbital in nature, human tendency is inclined towards catching or stepping beyond it, often to gain advantage over others. Time must dwell, being a cyclical phenomenon in motion. This makes hurrying needless. This reduces conflict. Time is worth running after if the advantage accruing is for corporate glory.
If diffusion of time is not properly managed, man can be crushed by it. So trailing it is a fairer choice. However, due to the dependency factor in humans that obstruct fluidity of movement towards realisation, irrespective of efficiency of management, time remains slippery. Hence the resultant tension, suspense and frustration in man’s actions.
To be over conscious of time is to introduce desperation and conflict once the time set draws near without realisation in sight. It must be noted that result is upward shift or progression according to nature’s course and plan.
A regenerating material ultimately degenerates over time due to a puncture (injury) or terminal infirmity (wearing out of cells). The deterrent to this are the various stages of the regeneration process substituting each other by diffusion, when a stage wears out. This process is what Nigeria lacks in her approach to social, political, educational, technological, scientific and cultural developmental initiatives. This is why decay bestrides our landscape today.
Actors in a regeneration process are time tolerant. Speed of time does not mean speed in realisation. If anything, a disregard of it means the elimination of potential conflict points. A reduction in these spots is a promotion of peace.
Writers being restive often appear depressed, disenchanted by obstacles that thwart their efforts at redirecting the society. But, the writer of regenerative art is a cheerful participant, enliven by the hope of imminent realisation of goals. More, he is not in isolation but socially and politically available to provide focus in an accommodating way.
In regenerative art, the writer must disregard the tendency to finish a story purposely because of a pre-planned number of pages even as ideas have not been exhausted. He must disregard whether his story is voluminous or slim. He must explore every minute point in the subject of his investigation. The writer should devote energy to the fluidity of events by allowing characters to dwell, in the environment like a forgotten tree in the forest dwell, only to become useful to a wanderer. Characters must be logically self expressive in building and growth of the work. Assassinations, murders and page-exiling of characters must not punctuate logic. Death may occur but not as a mere means of escape. Regeneration is like a growth of a seedling in the wilderness where its unripe fruit subsequently becomes useful. This process naturally accommodates time, reduces desperation, and increases efficiency, the result of which is a brilliant end.
One literary piece, which walks tall, traversing frontiers of life, making changes, is enough and not the accumulation of pieces that cannot walk out of the cradle in terms of creating impact in the society. This is where time is required for the inducement of the necessary artistry in the development of one’s creation. Development is the discovery of the natural courses of creations, which time harbours and can only be located through vigorous search (research or regeneration) for it.