The contemporary age seems to be founded on this point that we are just taking in consideration ; we are all living in the same time. In fact it is not so much the time itself that we are sharing than the idea that one present now concerns us all. This is why the different cultures of time have to face this common figure of a present time. One can call this figure ; the contemporary present. Art, which has always been understood, since the Renaissance, as an invention concerning our relation to time, can be seen as on action fiming. For the moment, all around the world this action is named contemporary art.
(Jean-Francois Brun 1996)