Backstage might be referred to an area of a theatre, or any kind of spatial setting. However ‘stage’ could be also understood durational in terms of ‘period’ or ‘phase’. Thus what is the backstage of time?
busyness / business
... we were interested in those moments of busyness that are in fact materializations of what we understood as business—as the neoliberal condition of profit orientation and economization, with its driving force of optimization. (Unlearning Exercises – Art Organizations as Sites for Unlearning, p. 174)
In everyday life, time most often appears in the form of the clock – abstract, seemingly objective, a ‘natural’ fact of life. However, as researchers have long noted, time is not a neutral container for social life, but a source of values, concepts and logics that are used to negotiate the complexity of social life. (Johannes Fabian - Time and the Other, p. 74)
past present future
The term public time doesn't usually appear in dictionaries, whereas public space does. Why is this so?
A sufficiently critical temporal politics does not recognize free time in a public space but rather a relational time, one that is tangled and layered, bound to the time of others. (Sarah Sharma - In the Meantime, p.147)