part of the exhibition Clock. Light. Mirror.
Commonplace Studio’s Hot Clock remediates the standard segmented digital clock with two distinct yet interdependent materials: a thermo-conductive plate of precious metal, and a colour lacquer that disappears with warmth. The brass digits, which seem to grow out of the field of colour like a reverse oxidation, are a digitally controlled heating of select areas of the clock. The end result is a captivating continuum of material transformation that reacts in sync to clock time. Courtesy of Victor Hunt.
CLOCK. LIGHT. MIRROR.
The premise of the show is seemingly simple: A clock, a light, and a mirror. As a product grouping, these three serviceable objects could not be more commonplace. Yet the clock, light and mirror are persistent subjects of experimentation and remediation by contemporary makers. The design practices of Commonplace Studio, Teresa van Dongen and Studio Sabine Marcelis bring three new examples to a long list, but also aim to argue why the clock, light, and mirror are in a class of their own. While their ubiquity in daily life has normalised their inherent powers, there is no doubt that time, illumination, and reflection remain powerful concepts to contemplate.