At the still point

Kinetic sculpture

Mixed media

Variable dimensions


This kinetic sculpture of a clock tries to witness the slipping of time instead of capturing it in a particular form. It takes the form of the clock-object, disguising and simulating the most iconic representation of time, yet only to deceive the viewer with its movements that suggest time’s ‘uncanniness’.

The hand ticks clockwise at second’s speed, while the entire body being attached to a motor moves it anti-clockwise. The tension between clockwise and anti-clockwise neutralizes both the motions. This creates an illusion of stillness, but actually there are dual movements. The clock does not define time or point towards some other meaning, it does not point anywhere, but is lost in its own dance, ‘at the still point, there the dance is’ (poem- Burnt Norton, the first of T.S. Eliot’s epic Four Quartets). The rhythmic tick and the tinnitus sound which the machinery releases by default, create a sense of disorientation and try to seize the slip, like holding a continuous stream of water in your hands– never contained, never exhausted- eternally present..