15.05.2012 Chantry House, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Commendation in the Toby Moores Creative Thinking Awards 2012
CLOCKWORK ÉTUDES 1-8 (2012)
8 assisted readymades
We are all trapped by time, it is the one thing that we each have in common. It ticks by seemingly more quickly with each advancing day, bringing with it despair as we anxiously let it pass.
Originally installed on 15 May 2012, the Clockwork Études are inspired in part by Marcel Duchamp’s notion of ‘assisted readymades’ in which two or more found objects are joined to create a single piece. A music box is attached to each clock's minute hand, thus slowing the music's tempo down to one beat per hour. Now, rather than melody, the listener is able to consider the timbre of each chime emitted and, occasionally, the relationships between études. The anticipation of such events enhances the appreciation of them and one is further drawn to the more subtle aspects of the environment whilst contemplating the significance of the passing time. Hence, the eight études attempt to cage time and thereby allows its passing to be explored rather than rushed.
James Joslin © 2021