Time Perception

by Felix Scholder


This project is about displaying different time perceptions through different materials. Every day I made cubes out of some organic and inorganic materials and placed them on a timeline. On the x-axis you can see how the material is changing during a certain period. On the y-axis you can compare the different materials in the same stage. So the timeline displays different time perceptions through different materials and their specific degeneration.

If we talk about time we talk about something really abstract. Our perception of time constantly changes and we all got different views on it. We`re talking about saving time and wasting time. So I wondered how could we see time through an object. Several objects have a different biological half-life. Organic materials like fruits or vegetables rot. Inorganic materials in contrast seem to look good from the outside for a longer time, depending on how we treat them. Comparing those objects shows us a different perception of time in a metaphoric way through different materials. It tells us something about the environment of those objects and several aging. So the final object is a timeline displaying different time perceptions.


During the exhibition, the cube changes. In addition, some insects became a part of this installation. They moved the cubes and accelerated the decay of some materials.



Through this unplanned development, which can`t be influenced, the project gains additional fascinating. It became more and more interesting during the exhibition, due to the daily continuous changes. It also solidified the metaphor represent different time perceptions using different materials and compare them during their decay. The disgust in this glass box made the project for the people thrilling. They felt safe to observe the decay and the hustle and bustle of insects behind the glass case from a safe distance.


It was also very interesting for most viewers, watching various materials changing of decay at a glance and also to be able to compare them. Normally we know objects mostly only from their actual state without various intermediate steps.



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