Zero Noon, 2013
Computer, processing software, square HD display, electronics, metal enclosure
17 x 17 x 4 in / 43.2 x 43.2 x 10.2 cm
Edition of 12
The clock’s statistics are all synchronized so that precisely at noon they all zero and start over. At noon automatically a new metric is displayed in a different colour chosen from a determined palette. The public may also change the statistics by manually scrolling through the list using small push-buttons under the built-in display. This guarantees that the content of the clocks is always fresh and thought-provoking. The statistics come from government data, Harper’s Magazine, financial institutions, NGOs, academic studies and other trusted sources. Some of the data streams will be useful, others sobering, some of them fun. The actual metrics are chosen by the artist studio but the collector is also able to add statistics to the system.
A clock shows a large number, readable from far away: as you get closer you can read on the bottom the “fine-print” which is the actual reference baseline for that clock, e.g. the average daily number of births in the world. Each statistic is also cross-referenced with the source of the data.
The clock generates a faint “ticking” sound every time that the handle passes noon. For some statistics this ticking will be very sporadic whereas for others it will be very frequent. The volume will be set so low that only someone within 3 feet of a clock will be able to hear it.
The piece exists as a single unit in edition of 12. And in a unique installation with 18 or more coordinated synchronized displays.