Time Piece (Martian Deadbeat), 2018

aluminium, stainless steel, steel, electronic and mechanical components

Time Piece (Martian Deadbeat) is a clock built with the dimension to swing the second tact on Earth. Although the mechanism is modified so to swing as it would on Mars: because the gravity on Mars is weaker, the pendulum swings about 20% slower.

The work is inspired by Sci-Fi: Mars is a metaphoric planet, many stories took place on its fantasized ground, with the intent to paraphrase terrestrial situations or dreams. The sculpture beat so the time of imagination, transferring the martian ticktocking back on Earth. It remind us that also a time standard such as the Second is relative and that the shape of time we are used to, made of minute and hours of a fixed duration, is nothing else but a convention.

atomistic, 2017

Time Piece (seconds) – Aluminium, led lights and electronic components
Neocortex – Sound composition, duration approx 45 min, in collaboration with Constantin Engelmann.

What is continuity? According to the ancient Arabic theory of atomism, reality consists of unimaginably small indivisible particles, “tars” (atoms). Those exist only for a single instant until the next instant begins: then, the entire universe is remade with a new set of atoms. We know that simultaneousness is imaginary: sound waves and light waves have different lengths, and yet we hear and see things the same instant, because our brain synchronises them. It is therefore possible to speculate that continuity might also be a mental construct, evolved for the sake of understanding reality. If that is the case, time might actually be
slippery. The instants not connected to one another anymore would be eager to slip away and mix.
Atomistic is a staged experience, a dialogue between two artworks: Time Piece (seconds) and Neocortex. Both works deal with ideas about the perception of time continuity and its division into smaller parts. Each of them, however, engages another of our senses. One is a polyrhythmic arrangement of pulsating lights, an impression-evoking visual work; the other is a slow-motion noise composition, an auditory experience. The first is one about continuous oscillation, the latter is a narration developing in time, with clear beginning and end.
It is by combining the two in space that a multi-sensual experience is triggered. The two artworks influence and complement one another: one is eternal, the other represents an event. Thanks to the development of the sound narration it is possible to peer at Time Piece (seconds) for a longer time. The auditory stimuli from Neocortex mislead our visual reception: sometimes the lights seem to pulsate differently.
Atomistic plays with our perception, associating the polyvalence of our understanding of time, event and process; of single instant and continuity; of the past, the present, and future. This staged experience challenges the general idea of continuity by triggering the subjectivity of our time perception.

What is time?, 2017

generative sound installation

What is time? is a series of questions about one of the most common noun used in the english language. Time is something we all know and a word we use constantly, but even though the phenomenon has a name, defining it is a different matter. The work deals with the variety of meanings, projections and speculations relating to time by asking questions about it ad absurdum. The interrogation itself becomes a paraphrase of this complex concept.

Reality Glitch, 2016

windsocks, aluminium, electronic and mechanical component
in collaboration with Constantin Engelmann

Reality Glitch is a public installation composed of two windsock, one is the official white and red wind signal, the other is white and grey. The classical red flag shows the wind direction, the grey one instead points against the wind, messing up with the viewers visual perception.

Dial (the mysterious island)

in situ, yellow paint on floor

This piece is part of a collection of works along with Time Piece (the mysterious island), Time Piece (UTC -10h) and the publication 35°60’S, 150°38’ W.

The works relocate the passing of time on Ernest-Legouvé Reef, that was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, near the location of the fictitious Lincoln island of Jules Verne’s book The Mysterious Island. Ever since the reef is reported in many atlases, even though it doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

Dial (the mysterious island) is an horizontal dial drawn the way it would be on the island.

Time Piece (the mysterious island), 2016

light, steel, electronic and mechanical components

This piece is part of a collection of works along with Time Piece (UTC -10h), the publication 35°60’S, 150°38’ W and Dial (the mysterious island).

The works relocate the passing of time on Ernest-Legouvé Reef, that was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, near the location of the fictitious Lincoln island of Jules Verne’s book The Mysterious Island. Ever since the reef is reported in many atlases, even though it doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

Time Piece (the mysterious island) is a night sundial showing time with a beam of light. This beam represents the shadow that a vertical sundial would produce on the island. Light becomes in this way the shadow of a neverland.

Time Piece (UTC -10h), 2016

bell, aluminium electronic and mechanical component

This piece is part of a collection of works along with Time Piece (the mysterious island), the publication 35°60’S, 150°38’ W and Dial (the mysterious island).

The works relocate the passing of time on Ernest-Legouvé Reef, that was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, near the location of the fictitious Lincoln island of Jules Verne’s book The Mysterious Island. Ever since the reef is reported in many atlases, even though it doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

Time Piece (UTC -10h) strikes every full hour the time in the time zone where the mysterious island is located.

35°60’S, 150°38’ W, 2016

postcard, published by mottobooks.com and la rada

This publication is part of a collection of works along with Time Piece (the mysterious island), Time Piece (UTC -10h) and Dial (the mysterious island).

The works relocate the passing of time on Ernest-Legouvé Reef from the pacific to Locarno. The reef was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, near the location of the fictitious Lincoln island of Jules Verne’s book The Mysterious Island. Ever since the reef is reported in many atlases, even though it doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

Printed on the postcard the satellite image of the location where the island should be, along with some notes.

Ieri ricordato domani, 2016

Full HD, 00:01:00

“Ieri ricordato domani” (yesterday remembered tomorrow) is a shot of a clock moving between yesterday and tomorrow. The swiss train clock looses its function to record time. The idea of day is so reduced to the arbitrary length of one minute and a circular, repetitive movement. It becomes abstract and evanescent as any recollection.

Duration, time’s own essence, disappears in our memory. Without recording the timestamp of an event, the length of any action becomes malleable by our mind. Any event is reduced to a story, some images or feeling, and it is deprived of any temporal meaning.

System Sin 1.0, 2015

artist book, edition of 300, published by mottobooks.com

System Sin 1.0 is a sci-fi time system developed by the artist.
Published on the occasion of the sound installation «Time Piece (Additive Synthesis Bell)» the book includes the mathematical explanation of the time system, along with its graphical representation. Additionally it features an essay by author Elvia Wilk.

With its unusual hours and distorted durations, the system depict how malleable the measurement of time can be. By challenging the universal acceptance of UTC, it emphasises the human capacity to stretch and shrink experiences of duration and the effect of perception on time.

Time piece (bell), 2015

Sound installation for a church

Time piece (bell) is a composition be played on a church. Its bell strikes the hours according to the sci-fi time system sin 1.0 (developed by the artists and published in the book System sin 1.0). In place of the regular hours in UTC time, the hours in system sin 1.0 are spread along a sinusoidal curve, so that their duration varies throughout the day.
In system sin 1.0 time, as in ancient Rome, day and night are fixed by sunrise and sunset. Between these solar events, sin hours shorten towards noon and midnight. As the duration of daylight increases or decreases slightly every day, the duration of sin hours varies accordingly.

Time piece (bell) is to be programmed on a church bell. It was already played in Atina, Italy. Alternatively, the work exists as a sound installation Time Piece (additive synthesis bell): in this case the bell is a digital sound to be setup in the exhibition space.

You can hear a compacted day with the bell striking the sin hours here: http://elisastorelli.ch/bell-recording/

Time Piece (beginning), 2015

aluminium, plexiglas, electronic and mechanical components

Time Piece (beginning) merges three time systems together; all share the same division of the day in 24 hours of equal length. The sculpture displays Babylonian, local and Italian time and blinks each system in alteration every 100 milliseconds.
The Babylonian time system has its day starting at sunrise, and it is blinked yellow. Local time, in our well known UTC system, is white, and its day starts at midnight. Ultimately, the Italian time system starts at sunset and is shown in red.

This stroboscopic clock blinks quickly the contrast of micro and macro time concepts, joking with the arbitrariness of the day’s beginning.

Time Piece (all the time of the world), 2014

aluminium, transparent color coating, electronic and mechanical components

The sculpture is mounted at about a two meter height on a wall and has the size of a common wall clock.
The azure disk turns imperceptibly slowly on itself, the motor and gears are noisy and visibly moving though. One complete rotation of the disk is the same duration of the sidereal day of the earth: 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds, the time that our planet needs to make one rotation along its axis.

This supposedly static clock, which we have to believe is moving, reminds of the continuous and maybe eternal flow of time that we can just imagine.

Trillenium, 2013

multichannel sound performance
in collaboration with Constantin Engelmann

Trillenium is a musical improvisation played live. It uses chaotic systems and their behaviour in time and space. During the performance the duo plays a hybrid system, consisting of analog cir- cuits, a hand built modular synthesizer and sound algorithms implemented in the program Supercollider.