Imaginary time is indistinguishable from directions in space. If one can go North, one can turn around and head South; equally, if one can go forward in an imaginary time, one ought to be able to turn around and go backward. This means that there can be no important difference between the forward and backward directions of imaginary time. On the other hand, when one looks at “real” time, there’s a very big difference between the forward and backward directions, as we all know. Where does this difference between the past and the future come from? Why do we remember the past but not the future?
Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time
From the book, The Consequences of Modernity - Anthony Giddens, 1996
I find this quote extremely intriguing - it suggests time goes in all directions, literally and imaginary. I believe in this and feel time is present in everything, even modernity - most art forms, “isms”, trends, are long/short periods of time that last depending on time. With time, modernity plays a close relationship with this idea of movement, and future - for me modernity expresses this idea of the future and moving in time - updating the past almost, invigorating its narrow minded ways and opening new directions forwards, backwards, side to side, left to right.