Territorial Time

Sculpture | Clay, Metal Structure
Collaborate with Marius Pfennigdorff
in progress 2021

Humanities pursuit of a quantified and standardised time has resulted in a duality of coordinated universal time systems; precise time (as measured by atomic clocks) and imprecise observed solar time (known as UT1, which vary due to irregularities and long-term slowdown in Earth‘s rotation). To counter the unpredictability of nature, these two reoccurring systems constantly have to be manually re-aligned. Hence, it can be understood that it is impossible to find a perfectly regulated framework of time. 

This project proposes an alternative model to the perception of time and space by manifesting the reoccurring patterns in between earth’s rotation around the sun. Shadow paths of a generic monolith are used to capture the sun’s relationship to a site over a predetermined time span. The angle of the shadow and its imprints on the ground culminate in a site and time specific structure, that defines a moment within the wider universe.