Sketching Faces

The visitor, with the help of an hourglass, is the creator of time. An electronic hourglass is be placed in front of 3 modified clocks. The hourglass would have to be manually activated, turned over, in order to keep the time flowing. Data about the hourglass and the gallery space would be gathered by this centerpiece and used as inputs for the modified clocks. At the back, these contextual clocks become perceptions of time, facets of time, artefacts of interactivity. One clock will track the gap time of the hourglass and would eventually fall behind or spring forward the actual time, all depending on when the visitors decide to tip over the hourglass. Another clock will simply track the number of rotation of the hourglass. The last one will track the speed at which the time is flowing in the hourglass.
Here, we speculate on the possible faces that these clocks could develop. Time, seen through different sensors, transforms into a data type. Since all data are different, it is essential to mark their differences. It will guide the participant towards the subtleties of time perceptions. Some clock need to mark a passage through time, while others need to precisely point to a specific value or to a gap value.


As we evolve through time, we seek to accomplish ourselves and be as productive as we want, more or less. Nonetheless, time perpetually puts us against the fact that all we do is doomed to be stuck in the past. Numerous artists have explored the concept of the passing of time, and how they can be materialized though light, objects or sounds. As slow as possible, from John Cage, was reinterpreted in the year 2000 in a musical performance that will last for 639 years. No human will ever have the chance to hear the beginning and the end of this performance, which makes us think about the passing of time and the usefulness of all our lifetime actions. Artist Jim Campbell explores similar concepts of time through his Memory Works objects. His Cyclical Counter Base clock acts as a counter for small autonomous movements of a particular person such as breathing or blinking. The exploration of different base units for time is a relevant notion that would influence the way we perceive time. Mr. Time, another object from ECAL students Léa Pereyre, Claire Pondard and Tom Zambaz, emphasize the role of the body in time perception.
Time is desirable, it is indispensable. We know the standard units of time, we live by it. However, time, and time perception, is something we have to deal with. Time has to be fun, time has to be valuable. In my project Clocks Against Time, I strive to create precious moments that we can share with time, to create mindful experiences where the visitor will connect with his own time perception.

Enjoy the time

The clock is focused on the actual minute to transmit to the users the feeling that he cans enjoy the time. By focusing on that minute, it’s like if the time stops and you are not late or early. The clock shows all the minutes as small circles: on the left side the passed one from the beginning of the day (00:00) and right the lefts one (until 24:00). In the middle the actual minute is a big circle. The hour and the second needle are small points that turn around the minute circle as a normal clock.
The idea came from the “Clock Tower” in Venice: a old character rings the bell 2 minutes before the full hour to underline the past time, and a jung character 2 minutes after underlining the future time, but it never ring at the full hour.

Enjoy the time | Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design.

As Slow As Possible

Composed by late avant-garde composer John Cage, who died in 1992, the performance has already been going for 17 months – although all that has been heard so far is the sound of the organ’s bellows being inflated.
The music will be played in Halberstadt, a small town renowned for its ancient organs in central Germany.
It was originally a 20-minute piece for piano, but a group of musicians and philosophers decided to take the title literally and work out how long the longest possible piece of music could last.
They settled on 639 years because the Halberstadt organ was 639 years old in the year 2000.

As Slow As Possible at St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt.

MoMA | Christian Marclay—The Clock

Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay’s The Clock is a cinematic tour de force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Appropriated from the last 100 years of cinema’s rich history, the film clips chronicle the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, often by displaying a watch or clock. The Clock incorporates scenes of everything from car chases and board rooms to emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, and high-noon shootouts.

MoMA | Christian Marclay—The Clock.