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CMU Electronic Media Studio II, Fall 2011, Section D » Looking Outward 02

Looking Outward 02

Looking Outwards — AeonX @ 5:20 pm

1)  Interference Clock by Paul Servino “adds new centered and scaled circles to the centerline on hours, minutes, and seconds [and] pulses on the millisecond.” I like the soothing quality of the pulse, as it resembles a heartbeat. While the grayscale works with the subtleness of the abstract clock, I think it would visually be enhanced by a bit of color… Perhaps it could start out grayscale, morph through a color palette, and then return back to grayscale each minute. Or it could be made interactive by having the color change when the mouse is clicked. Because the circles are organized horizontally, I can imagine this on a huge wall… And because the pulse is so subtle, it would be easy to live with. (If it were installed on a wall, the colors could change based on proximity or touch.)

2)  I am very drawn to the idea/image of water clocks. With the elegant Clock of Flowing Time in Berlin, colored water fills up glass spheres. This sculptural timepiece spans three stories, enhancing its appeal since it may be viewed from many different angles. You can watch a video here. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Hornsby Water Clock, made up of three different clocks. Some love it, some think it’s a monstrosity. I like it for the over-the-top mechanics combined with running and spraying water. Gears and clock movements appeal to me even when they are broken… And when they actually function properly, all the better! For the story on why the clock is often under repair, you can watch a slightly annoying video here.

3)  Dandelion Clock by John Carpenter is an “interactive digital projection-based installation” in which the individual seeds that make up a dandelion poof (technical term) can be dispersed by human movement. While the concept is not new to interactive art, the decision to use a dandelion is incredibly effective, as it translates beautifully to an electronic environment. And when the poof is perfectly assembled, it is a mandala… And I’m obsessed with mandalas. Unfortunately, I could not find a video link for this.

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