Delayed clock
Site specific intervention
Retiro Photo Gallery, English Tower, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

The intervention is in the Fotogalería del Retiro a gallery located on the fifth floor of the Torre Monumental de los Ingleses. Two banners with the inscription El reloj está atrasado (Delayed clock) are placed below two of the quadrants of the tower's clock. Inside the tower's hall, twelve numbered marks on the floor have arrows pointing to the windows. Twelve photographs have been taken from these viewpoints during the last three months prior to the show. The obtained images were copied in the quadrants real size (1:1) on Duratrans (a material similar to slides) and are stuck onto one of the panels of the divided window glasses. Observed from each of the viewpoints, the past superimposes with the present. Above the hall's ceiling the clock's pendent marks an uninterrupted tick-tock.


Chrono's inmortal member

By Martin Bonadeo

“Then the son from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father's genitals and cast them away to fall behind him. They were swept away from the land into the surging sea for a long time; and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh...” Hesiod, Theogony

Through these windows you can see the routine of many people. Always the same, always different. And you are up here; the elevator has gone and you remain locked up like a princess in a tower. Five levels high above the square and observing a reality which you might have experienced once. Inside here, below the clock's pendulum, one can listen better than in any other place to the pulse which is imposed on us to measure our lives. From time to time sweet melodies try to cheer up the moment in which they inform us that we lost another fifteen minutes and they cannot be recovered.

The clock has become arrogant. Being on everyone’s wrists and in every electronic device is not enough: it has to impose itself in gigantic sizes so as to be confused with time. But it is only a representation, as valid as many others, but with the advantage of being imposed universally. You are in a seven-floor-high tower, exclusively built to sustain a clock which beats from this empty space with an infernal rhythm. Most things that one can see outside do not stop, but from this place one can appreciate the things that are happening outside from a new coordinate.

I wanted to photographically point out small things that called my attention in the months prior to this exhibition to contrast them with the present moment. They say that we are living in a condition of permanent change and I thought that the sum of these small evidences would do nothing more than demonstrate in a different way our advancing movement in this unique experience called life.


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