Maarten Baas. Sweeper's Clock. 2009

Maarten Baas Sweeper's Clock 2009

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Baas's Analog Digital Clock appears at first glance to be a large, flat wall version of a classic digital clock. In fact it is a videotaped performance of an actor painting or erasing sections of the digital display numbers, minute by minute, by hand, elegantly combining the analog and digital worlds. In Sweepers Clock, using the same technique, the hours and minutes are marked by two men sweeping garbage. Analog Digital Clock and Sweepers Clock are part of Baas's Real Time series, a set of four works in which people’s actions, rather than traditional clocks, present the passage of time as a highly physical, even labor-intensive process.

Gallery label from Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects, July 24–November 7, 2011 .
Additional text

In Sweeper’s Clock the hour and minute hands are formed by two men sweeping garbage, clockwise, filmed in real time. Sweeper’s Clock is part of Baas’s Real Time series, a set of four works in which people’s actions mimic the movement of traditional clocks and present the passage of time as a highly physical, even labor-intensive process.

Gallery label from Applied Design, March 2, 2013–January 31, 2014.
Medium
Video (720:00 min.)
Credit
Gift of the designer
Object number
764.2011
Department
Architecture and Design

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