A parallel Worlds

Sunday February 28 2010 / Art & Design - Horology

At MB&F we love "Time" in all it's forms and we especially enjoy genuinely innovative ways to indicate time - after all that is what we do! But while we have seen time displayed using everything from the shadows cast by the sun to hands, cones and even satellites on watches and clocks, we have never heard of time displayed by men using planks of wood . . . until now that is.

Standard Time is an video artwork concept of Mark Formanek, realized by Datenstrudel.

"Standard Time is a performance lasting exactly 24 hours and recorded on film. However, this film is much more than just the recording of an action, the recording of something that has taken place in the past; it is also a clock. A clock for use right now and in the future which, as each day goes by, extends further into the past, but is still up-to-date and punctual”.  Mark Formanek

70 workers are building a wooden 4 x 12 m "digital" time display in real time: a work that involves 1611 changes within 24 hour period.  The action was seamlessly documented and shot on HD video and a 24 hour movie or clock of the project was created.

The spectator looking at Standard Time does not only see the time, but also people constructing it. People who, with a stoic sense of duty, are wasting time on an apparently useless activity that fulfills only one function: to display time. Even though the workers are trying hard to construct every single minute, they are constantly on the verge of failing.

For more information www.standard-time.com

Suggested by
Carlos Torres