Time Slips Away

Time representing collection
Notion of time is one of the phenomenons of our observable world. It is still not clear whether the time is the physical parameter, is it an abstract concept to describe physical phenomena or property of our consciousness.

Project aims to recall the sensation of notion of time by combining human understanding and it's physical nature. Collection consists of four pieces designed to engage the user to experience physical and philosophical concepts of time on an experimental level.
Quantum physics claims, that wave function collapse is a instant process transforming state of particle from unknown, to known while observing. As well as time existence is unknown for observer, but became real only through the act of observation.

Object is recall optical device. Bright flash of light inside the device renders time on the eye retina of the user at random moment. Image will appear for few moments in the form of spots in field of view and then disappear. Object demonstrates the transfer of time from potential to real state while observing, since as long as user sees a spot in front of him, inside the object it already disappeared.
Breathing, as well as rhythm of heartbeat is a repeating process, which forms perception of time as a subjective reflection on duration of events. Breath is that makes us alive.

Object looks like hand mirror. The form of the object allows to take it with both hands as something valuable. On a clean surface of the mirror time is indicated, if user breathes on it. Breathing of the user object not only create time, but also proves that user is alive and not frozen in stasis.
The Psychology define a certain duration perceived as present, the specious present, varying from a few seconds to probably not more than a minute, and this duration is the original intuition of time.

Object looks like a radio with an earphone and control knob. The device transmits the time signal, but it always runs away, fading to noise. The time signal can only be heart completely, if user follow the signal by turning the knob of the device. Interacting with the object allows to consciously experience spacious present.

Physical concept of the arrow of time, or asymmetry of time, is the consequence of entropy. Entropy tends to grow with time, indicating that system goes from less probable state (order) to more probable (chaos).

Pendulum Clock write time with constantly spreading liquid. On the surface of the liquid digits can be read, but they exist only for a fraction of the second. The object demonstrates constant change from order to chaos underlaying beauty and fragility of each moment.

We would like to thank Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler for participating and supporting this project.