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Someday, that place in time.

2012
MATERIALS (51 pieces of Clocks )
EXHIBITION (“Architales” )
PLACE (Do a Front, Yamaguchi, JP )

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   During the old times when an agricultural lifestile was prevailing time was perceived as "the movement of celestial objects". After thousands of years, people started to listen to the sound of churches, temples and shrines, then to the chiming of schoolbells and townhalls to measure time. In other words, people perceived time collectively as "the time of the city". Nowadays,  with wristwatches or mobile phones available to anyone time, quite literally, fits into the palm of our hand. I call this "individual time".
 
   In this work I portayed the time between the "city time" and the "individual time", in other words, the "home time". I borrowed wall clocks from 51 different homes in the neighbourhood of the exhibition place and put them all on display together. The clocks had all different stories attached to them, like "Our clock goes 5 minutes early" or "Our clock is always late, so I don`t even look at it".  When put into one room one could hear how the needles of the clocks all ticked in a different manner and the individual clocks started ringing all of a sudden at different times, creating a feeling of disunity, a "localised timedifference". 

 かつて農耕の時期を知るために測ったであろう時刻は「天体の動きそのもの」であり、数千年単位の時を経て、寺社や教会の鐘、学校や役所のチャイムにいたる「街の時刻」まで降りたあと、腕時計などの「個人の時刻」として私たちの掌に収まったと考えている。

 本作では「街」と「個人」の間にある「家庭の時刻」を取り扱った。展覧会場の近隣住人から、各家庭で使っている時計を会期中借り受け作品として公開した。「うちの時計は5分早い」「いつも合ってないから見ない」といった家庭まであり、調子の揃わない針の振動と、勝手に鳴り始める鐘に象徴された不揃いな価値観を垣間見ることとなった。 (276文字)

 

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