One Second on the Ground
Glass tube, sand, wood
Performance documentation 1’35”
2014

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As a piece of technology, the clock is a machine that produces uniform seconds, minutes, and hours on an assembly-line pattern. Processed in this uniform way, time is separated from the rhythms of human experience. The mechanical clock, in short, helps to create the image of a numerically quantified and mechanically powered universe. It was in the world of the medieval monasteries, with their need for a rule and for synchronized order to guide communal life, that the clock got started on its modern developments. ”  ——Understanding Media: The Extension of Man: Marshall McLuhan, Clocks: the Scent of Time

Time might be a grid. The global time zone agreement divides time into 24 pieces, geographically. It connects the virtual concept to a tangible mapping system. How long it is the distance on the land where one second travels? In providence, it is 345.6m.

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To experience a spatial second, I constructed a time tank – a device filled with sand one carries on her back for experiencing time as a geographical and gravitic concept. Strapped to my back, I walked 345.6m from west to east in Providence and as the sand runs out, my body experiences the passage of a second.

Video&Photo Credit: Ke Peng