About The Piece
The piece is a wall installation that procures a complex optical vision, an impression of volume stretched like the canvas architectures of Frei Otto, an illusion that contradicts the components. The flat surface is, in fact, sown with a weave punctuated by vertical light masts that precisely criss-cross the space and define a territory that comes to life through a programmed logic. Using a clever algorithm, Random International sends out pulses of light that dynamise the surface and reveals an analogical reading of numbers. The light radiation confuses the reading; the onlooker feels a paradoxical sensation of the alchemy of the infinite light and the irreparable scanning of time and loses all points of reference. The object, that has the paradoxical objective of representing time, hours, minutes, seconds, uses an immaterial syntax to question the real. Study of time / I takes light, its presence and absence, as a medium for the representation of time.
An illuminated, autonomous algorithm explores our varying perception of time and our relation to its continual record — enigmatically revealed.
Study of time / I evolved from developing scenography for FAR, the 2010 contemporary dance production by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Progressing from the monumental stage set to the immediacy of an artwork, the installation can explore and re-interpret the age-old relation between falling light, shadow and time.