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.