Kairos no 9 at the Muesum, Berlin

 

Καιρός no 9. Wajid Yaseen
Number nine in a series of exhibitions and events.

Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time between, a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens.

In Greek mythology, Kairos (Καιρός), was the personification of opportunity, luck and favorable moments. He was shown with only one lock of hair.

Kairos can easily be seized by the hair hanging over his face (“creeping down over the eyebrows”) when he is arriving. But once he has passed by, no one can grasp him, the back of his head being bald. The moment of action is gone with his hair: a neglected occasion cannot be recovered.

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