"Color Clocks: Verticals Lean Occasionally Consistently Away from Viewpoints" consists of three objects arranged in the space, whose mechanical designs are reminiscent of the operation of a clock’s gear mechanism. Within their open housings, red, yellow and blue 35mm filmstrips rotate on a continuous loop through mechanic sets of rollers. The film strips are each imprinted with individual letters, spelling the three colors they represent, and also suggesting a form of text, albeit one which appears to have become obsolete in the space-time continuum. Each of the objects moves its color at its own specific rhythm, so that together a kinetic picture is produced. By creating objects that re-collect timekeeping and the experience of time, "Color Clocks" plays with different modes of perception: a meditation on color, time, perception and language, and on the meaning of a word when repeated to infinity.

Color Clocks: Verticals Lean Occasionally Consistently Away from Viewpoints, 2012

35mm film, motors, aluminum, plexiglass
83.5 x 122.5 x 15.5 cm incl base

Installation view at Albertinum Dresden, 2015. Photo: Berndt Borchart © Rosa Barba