'Studies by psychologists have found a distorted time sense among people waiting for elevators, and distorted always in the same way. If the subject says, "I had to wait ten minutes," the real duration might have been two minutes. Do elevators really cause us to abandon our basic ability to measure short intervals of time? Or do we choose to exaggerate for emotional effect... If that delay didn't really last ten clock minutes, it reached ten minutes on some other scale'.
- James Gleick, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Jo Scicluna's timespace04:timelapse2002 is the final project of a 12 month series which investigates the interrelationship between mechanical and personal time. The central subject of the series is a public clock. Its digital display appears 'imperfect' however, lacking a few elements, making some numbers unreadable. It appears to gain and lose time, and even pause indecisively. Yet overall, this vulnerable and deceptively inaccurate timepiece still manages to keep time. In a 3-screen video projection a looped segment of the clock is juxtaposed alongside images of architecture and urban ephemera. Fast-forward and slow-motion editing produces a discrepency intended to inspire a sensation of perceptual and physical displacement in the spectator. How does the architecture of the everyday determine and disrupt our collective sense of personal time?
With support from the Gordon Darling Foundation, RMIT University and Bunnings.
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