Object (14 x 14 x 6 cm), arduino, 7-segment display

Clocks are expected to tell the time. This clock also tells the time, but one that is impossible in our world.

As we grow up, we learn to recognize specific patterns and forms without giving them much thought. We apprehend them automatically. If, for some reason, we fail to recognize or decode one of these expected patterns and forms, our brain interrupts its automatism and switches to a more aware mode, thus applying a different degree of attention to the object that posed the challenge.

“Relógio” (which means “clock” in portuguese) tries to invoke this experience, being in all ways similar to an ordinary digital clock except that it always displays an impossible time. When we look at it, our brain will involuntarily and automatically try to decode it’s message as the current time. And in failing to do so, we must reconsider our relation with the object.

“Relógio” was shown in the following places:

  • November 2010 – Geraldine – Lisboa, Portugal
  • November 2010 – Atelier Concorde opening – Lisboa, Portugal
  • November 2011 – Ouvertures d’Ateliers – Marseille, France

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