Exquisite Clock

Exquisite Clock is a clock made of numbers taken from everyday life – seen, captured and uploaded by people from all over the world.The more people collect and upload numbers, the bigger and more expressive it gets.

 

Exquisite Clock is a clock made of numbers taken from everyday life – seen, captured and uploaded by people from all over the world. Its a crowd sourcing project that connects time, play and visual aesthetics. It’s about creativity, collaboration and exchange. Exquisite Clock is based on the idea that time is everywhere and that people can share their vision of time.

Through the Exquisite Clock iPhone application or the website, people are invited to collect and upload images of numbers that can be found in different contexts around them – objects, surfaces, landscapes, cables… anything that has a resemblance to a number.

The exquisite clock has an online database of numbers – an exquisite database – at its core where all this numbers go. This supplies the website and interconnected physical platforms. The online database works like a feeder that provides data to different instances of clocks in the form of the website, and installations, mobile applications, designed products and urban screens.

Time is Everywhere

Exquisite Clock is a relational artwork where the boundaries between artist and author, producer and consumer are blurred, it inspires creative and innovative use of technology in the shape of a creative game – a web 2.0 game – that the whole world can play.

From a simple question a – where can you find numbers? – the project unfolds into more complex subjects as the limits of recognition, meaning and the poetics of image.It invites people to participate in a collective dialogue about form and expression from the simple premise that everything can be interpreted as a number.

A Network of Exchange

Exquisite Clock is a network. It has an database that supplies numbers in realtime to the website, the iPhone application and interconnected physical platforms. As people use their iPhones to photograph numbers they are changing the website and all the various physical installations in real time. The platform was made in a way that the most recent uploaded numbers are displayed instantly in all instances of the network.

Through the Exquisite Clock iPhone application or the website, people are invited to collect and upload images of numbers that can be found in different contexts around them – objects, surfaces, landscapes, cables… anything that has a resemblance to a number.

iPhone Application

Exquisite Clock for iPhone can be used to view the whole collection of numbers in the project database. It allows the user to view and change the numbers by clicking on each digit. People can compose their own clocks as they skip through the images.

The iPhone can also be used to collect and upload numbers to Exquisite Clock. Through a simple step-to-step interface people can take pictures of the numbers they find, and he image is instantly uploaded to the Exquisite Clock server and displayed in the website, iPhone and installations.

As people use their iPhones to photograph numbers, they are changing the website and all installations in real time.The most recent numbers are displayed at the very moment they are uploaded: picture of a 3 taken in Japan is instantly visualised in an Exquisite Clock installation at the Victoria & Albert in London.

Installations

Exquisite Clock has been exhibited in several forms and platforms in galleries and museums around the world including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the New Museum in New York and the CAFA museum in Shangai.

Milan • Italy – Milan Trienalle 2012.
Taichung • Taiwan – TEA Collective Wisdom 2012
Victoria & Albert Museum • London – Decode Exhibition 2009.
Espaço Tim Building – permament.
New Museum • New York – Imaginaires Exhibition 2008
Osaka • – Poetry of Motion Exhibition 2011

My Role

I am the project creator and developer having conceived the idea, designed and developed the online platform (using PHP, MySQL), installations (using openFrameworks, Shell). The iPhone application has been developed by Oriol Ferrer Mesia.

Further Reference

Exquisite Clock Site