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Standard Time [standard-time.com] involves about 70 workers who built a large (4x12m), wooden "digital" time display. Which they then updated in "real time". All of this resulted in a unique urban screen that involved about 1,611 tedious changes within 24 hour period.

"The spectator looking at Standard Time does not only see the time, but also the 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."

The concept reminds me of a combination of Digital Ceiling Clock with the real-time updates from the RE:ID project. Via Thijsma.

Watch a documentary video below.




Thu 17 Dec 2009 at 3:54 PM

"Apparently useless" doesn't describe the activity as well as "absolutely random".

Fri 18 Dec 2009 at 11:23 AM

I saw this the other day:


This clock does not actually have a man inside but a flatscreen that plays a 24 hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009.

Fri 18 Dec 2009 at 4:43 PM

when you have no constructive ideas absurdity always provides a wellspring of productivity....

another bourgeois art project to satisfy the pedestrians' desire for something NEATO!!

Mon 11 Jan 2010 at 4:17 PM


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