Fall 2019

In this issue of maize, we look at seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years from every angle, from history to social norms to arts and science, and even how plants perceive moments. Through compelling storytelling and visuals, we invite you to explore time, and all of its incarnations, with us.

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Why do we procrastinate?

Dr. Tim Pychyl takes us into the quicksand of wasting time and why we do it, instead of facing what really needs to get done.

by Riccardo Coluccini

Courtesy of David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Culture & Society

What is longitude?

Every ship captain, sailor, owner, and passenger has one man to thank.

by Alberto Tundo


The mystery of time

According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, it is definitely not “necessary.”

by Alice Azzolini

Illustration by Elisa Setzinger

The infinite debate around the reality of hours

Is time a genuine phenomenon,  or is it just a metaphor?

by Giuliano Torrengo

Environment & Sustainability

The metaphysics of plants

Plants age and rejuvenate, a trunk can live for centuries, a branch might last weeks. This rhythm gives plants a sense of time.

by Alberto Tundo

Art & Music

The art of calculation

Diagnosed with savant syndrome, this American artist has a super-calculator power, which drives him to obsessively compute.

by Susanna Marchini

Future of work

The currency of time

In principle, technology should allow us to work less, but in fact, we are working more.

by Leonardo Caffo

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Cartographies of time

What does time look like? Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton curated the first visual history of the timeline.

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The timeline of the subconscious

On the psychoanalyst’s couch, the unconscious follows its own timeline, which has nothing to do with the duration of the present.

by Matteo Bonazzi

Culture & Society

The book that changed everything

Time travel is one of humankind’s most daring, ambitious, and haunting dreams.

by Alberto Tundo

Culture & Society

Frozen moments

Images are immediate and eternal, translating to frozen moments.

by Roberta Valtorta

The invention of modern time

The Greenwich Meridian is the ruler of clocks. But before 1884, there was no universal system of timekeeping, nor time zones.

by Riccardo Coluccini

Environment & Sustainability

The immortality of animals

Some sea creatures live forever, and flies expire in a day. For humans, death is inevitable, but not necessarily for animals.

by Henry Albert

Culture & Society

Zoned out on timezones

Time zones are weird and full of contradictions, approximations and exceptions, but manage to work surprisingly well.

by Henry Albert


How to open a time portal

How video games transport us to states flow, as we experience time indirectly while processing information from our other senses.

by Federico Alvarez Igarzábal

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Culture & Society

Chronemics and cultures

We plan for the future through calendars and diaries. But not every culture looks at time in this western way.

by Lynn Cole

Culture & Society

A brief history of time

Our awareness of time — how we measure and explain it — is one of the most distinguishing features of humans.

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How to bend time

American theoretical physicist, Ronald Mallett, spent his whole life discovering how to bend time, and now he’s found the answer.

by Liz Shemaria

All pictures in this article are courtesy of Giovanni Soldini and Negri Firman PR & Communication Milano
Culture & Society

When at sea

Sailor Giovanni Soldini’s sense of time where there is no elsewhere, no desires, and few doubts about how to use your time.

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All pictures in this article are courtesy of Mark Story
Culture & Society

The dictatorship of the clock

Neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann tries to solve the riddle of felt time, where neither too much or too little is ideal.

by Andrea Signorelli



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Each issue of maize is an aesthetic monograph, which explores a central topic through compelling interviews, reports, short stories, personal essays and visuals. This magazine is for those who love open discussions, philosophical ideas, and contemporary thoughts. It is also for those who are eager to discover new ways to develop foresight, be inspired, make informed decisions, and participate in the innovation process—all while staying human.