In April 1922, Henri Bergson and Albert Einstein met in Paris, this face to face encounter between the greatest philosopher and the greatest physicist of the twentieth century, created a forum whereby their differing thinkings on time were discussed in public.

Élan vital was a term used by Bergson to describe the impulse interwoven throughout the universe giving rise to an unstoppable ever productive source of new and unexpected creations, he described it as the backbone of artistic and creative work. Bergson’s influence reverberated around the world, accounting in literary circles for writings which introduced breaks, twists and turns in narratives whereby the future appeared before the past and the past after the future.