Uchronia is a platform for critical and imaginative thought on the contemporary time crisis, challenging current perceptions, and offering alternative ways of being in time. Uchronia explores the multifaceted nature of time in an academic and public context.

Dr Helga Schmid is the founder of the Uchronia platform. She opens up a new world of temporality (lived time) situated at the intersection of design, sociology and chronobiology. She advises, promotes and lectures on technological acceleration processes, the politics of time, alternative temporal systems, and deep time.

Helga uses methods of unlearning, experimentation and systems thinking to foreground how specific timing impacts our cognitive and physical performance. By looking at the politics of time, especially contemporary work patterns and time norms, she proposes an alternative approach on time and timing. She actively practices the implementation of designing time in workshops, experiential events and exhibitions. She advocates for temporal freedom and social change, promoting a positive relationship with and experience of time in the now, and the long now.


Design School, London College of Communication, London, UK


Institute of Research in Art and Design (IXDM) at the Academy of Art and Design Basel, Switzerland

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Human Chronobiology, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany


The Design Museum, London, UK

Somerset House, London, UK

Z33 - House of Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium


© Helga Schmid, 2018. Site by Our Place.

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