I–S–O–P–T is an attempt to live unreal time in real-time world. The project, in collaboration with Taeyoon Choi, aims to leverage subjective temporal perception against master time, facilitating a multitude of flows of time rather than bolstering the universal standard.
By intervening in the dynamics between universal, personal, and collective temporalities, we reconsider what constitutes ‘the present’. In changing how we formalize time, one could stretch the present or – perhaps unfathomably – compress it. ‘Now’, then, becomes a malleable space in which one can reorient the relationship between memory, action, and possible futures. By reconfiguring the relation between time and space, your presence can take form elsewhere, or elsewhen, through another sense of time.
Over the weekend of July 18, 2015, Taeyoon Choi and E Roon Kang presented Circle of Moment Measurement, the culmination of their year-long artist project, In Search of Personalized Time (I–S–O–P–T) at LACMA. An ongoing investigation of what the artists call ‘time based on perception and consensus’, the endeavor ultimately sought to create alternatives to the Universal Time standard, a modern continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
What is time really? As humanity, we collectively agree on using Universal Time as a standard to keep things in order in an increasingly synchronized and complex society. However, is it the only way to measure your time on this earth? What if we re-design time based off of your perception of moments?
On Sunday, September 20th, 2015, Avant presented In Search of Personalized Time at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop, coinciding with the Printed Matter’s 10th annual New York Art Book Fair.
In preparation to Circle of Moment Measurement was a series of workshops, Timekeeper Invention Club, a participatory workshop and a collaborative investigation on the personal sense of time.
Participants make their own timekeeper using Timekeeper Invention Kit, an eclectic collection of found objects and original works by the artists. The kit has components and instructions to make different kinds of clocks: sun dial, hour glass, as well as electronics and software. The artists provide a historic overview of timekeeping and guide participants in the process of designing, building and using their timekeepers.
Full list of video dcumentations can be found at Timekeeper Invention Club’s YouTube Channel.
- Timekeeper Invention Club @NYC:
Orbital, August 23, 2014
- Timekeeper Invention Club @LA:
LACMA Art Technology Lab, August 30, 2014
- Timekeeper Invention Club @Boston:
Design Exchange Boston, September 19, 2014