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Upon witnessing the return of his father's ghost, Hamlet mutters: "And still your fingers on your lips, I pray/The time is out of joint—O cursèd spite/That ever I was born to set it right!" Its an image - of a dislocated, broken time - that has been much ruminated on in the intervening centuries, becoming a sort of touchstone for failed teleologies and incomplete evolutions. Philip K. Dick took it as the name of a novel about a man living in a constructed reality, a story which later became the inspiration for The Truman Show. Jacques Derrida was said to have been obsessed by the phrase, which in turn prompted certain aspects of his infamous reading of Marx in Specters of Marx. Now, Time Out of Joint is the name of a soon-to-be closed show at the Kitchen put together by the curatorial fellows at the Whitney ISP program; Luigi Fassi, Lucy Gallun, Roya Rastegar, and Jakob Schillinger. Artists include Fikret Atay Kader Attia, Yael Bartana, Ronnie Bass, Johanna Billing, Keren Cytter, Kajsa Dahlberg, Maryam Jafri, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Jennifer Phang, Katerina Seda, and Kevin Willmott. The show closes on Friday.