standard time by mark formanek |
via, Photographer: Bernd Schuller


What is Standard Time? It's an artwork, a performance, a movie and a clock at the same time. I stumbled upon Standard Time when I wrote my Berlin Mini Guide and found it in Süper Store's online shop - and thought it was too good not to be featured in an extra post. 


In Standard Time by artist Mark Formanek (realized by Datenstudel) 70 workers are building a wooden 4 x 12 m time display with "digital numbers" in real time. Changing, building and rebuilding every minute, for 24 hours.
Their work was seamlessly documented and shot on video and is available on dvd. Running on the computer it automatically synchronises the 24h film file with the system time of the computer and can then be used as clock or screensaver.  


„Standard Time is a performance lasting exactly 24 hours and recorded on film. However, this film is much more than just the recording of an action, the recording of something that has taken place in the past; it is also a clock. A clock for use right now and in the future which, as each day goes by, extends further into the past, but is still up-to-date and punctual”.

Mark Formanek

standard time by mark formanek | minamoka,com
via, photographer: Bernd Schuller

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Tina@FlyingHouse (Monday, 03 June 2013 19:33)

    How fun! As someone who lives several time zones away from her family, this is a project that I definitely appreciate!

  • #2

    minamoka (Monday, 03 June 2013 21:51)

    Hi Tina - I bet time is always an issue for you then! And thank you for stopping by!

  • #3

    Judith (Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:26)

    Wow, that must have been so much work! I think I would be looking at my screensaver all day long (not very productive hahaha)! Did you buy the dvd?

  • #4

    minamoka (Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:39)

    No, I didn't - but it's on my list. I think it would make a great present, too.

  • #5

    tina @ colourliving (Friday, 07 June 2013 01:09)

    Interesting. One of my regrets about not getting to Berlin was actually not to be able to go to Süper Store in one of the breaks:-)




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