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Modern Times

 Abendroth, Jerome Decock, Els Vermang

Size: variable

Technique: analogue clock, digital clock


When in 1340 Jacobo Dondi gave the clock its form, he shaped more than a visualisation of time: he created an image of the world. With its circular and cyclic finitude, it represents the universe as a mechanism and establishes one of the strongest icons of the Renaissance world. In 1970, the digital clock replaces the watch hand and its dial with a linear display. By placing the analogue and the digital clock next to each other, the artwork ‘Modern Times’ creates a tautology of the notion of time with their corresponding circular and linear world view.

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