Resistance of 24/7 Productivity is a series of experiments on the experience and perception of intangible time.
Opposed to the characteristics of clock time such as uniformity, order, repetition that imposed by our current society, Resistance of 24/7 Productivity aims to help the general public acknowledge a fundamental need for slowness and mindfulness and find their own way of measuring time in daily life.
Resistance of 24/7 Productivity takes three different approaches to help people better understand time. It first presents a poetic way of visualizing the passage of time to weaken the excessive exposure to information about time in our daily life. Then it offers audiences an alternative logic for tracking self-time to better settle into the present moment. And finally, it invites audiences to step out of the mechanized time and regain the control of their time.
[A POETIC PRESENTATION OF THE PASSAGE OF TIME]
In our life, in addition to natural phenomena like sunrise and sunset, intended indicators of time are everywhere. They are built into the electronic devices that we carry every day. We don't have to look for them because they are always in the foreground. It is actually difficult for us to count how many times we check the time each day because we are checking time all the time. The Silent Clock is designed to lessen the chance of checking time by downplaying the presentation of specific time. I call the Silent Clock a non-ticking clock not only because it cannot make a sound but it also “mutes” the display of time information.
The Silent Clock accepts the rules of mechanical clocks by automatically forming the shape over a period of 24-hour cycles. However, it avoids the showing of exact time information and instead, invites people to guess time from the changing shape. Twenty-four images on the right side record the changing structure of the clock for each hour starting at 12 p.m..
[AN ALTERNATIVE LOGIC FOR TRACKING SELF-TIME]
Beads is designed in the context of Zen Buddhism. Inspired by the quotes from Zen Master Dogen “People do not doubt their experience of time, and so they do not understand it — like the proverbial fish unaware of water”, Beads embraces the idea of Uji (usually translated from Japanese as Being-Time) to emphasize the mindfulness of the present moment and the possession of our own time.
Beads adopts the concept of defamiliarization to apply the structure of prayer beads from Zen Buddhism to a face accessory to emphasize the play of meditation and mindfulness. It should be worn right under users’ eyes in order to keep track of the time without taking it off. The design is inspired by commonly worn eyeglasses to illuminate its concept of “seeing time, owning time”. The component of 36 handcrafted beads made of paper clay constitutes the time of a day. Users are invited to start tracking their time when they wake up by pulling the beads from one end to the other. Beads also encourages users to make any mark on it to set the segments of a day based on preference to make it easier for users to track their time. Throughout its use, users are asked to be completely isolated from any indicator of time and to track time based on estimation in order to practice mindfulness.
[AN INVITATION TO STEP OUT OF TIME]
TIME is a zine that explains the context of my thesis and uses illustrations to tell stories about time. I deliberately choose this drawing style and use strokes as documentation to invite my readers to see the passage of my time. The whole content of TIME is permeated with the question, “What is time?” By stating the origin of the clock and showing different voices of the interpretation of time, I want my audience to have a broader understanding of time, realize the abnormal stress forced by the use of mechanized time, and start thinking about what time means to them.
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