Atomic Time Torture
installation, 2020

WRO Art Center / May 12-30

A water dropper suspended over the face-cutout of a massage bed and a bucket for the spilled water underneath. Falling droplets triggered via seemingly outdated long-wave transmission of a time signal from the radio clock DCF77 near Frankfurt. A tangible reflexion on the notorious ‘Doomsday Clock’, a clock tending to advance to the global apocalyptical midnight but being prevented to do so only by applying extraordinary reverse forces. Still, the seconds of this clock are continuously ticking, even if the minute hand is forcefully kept back. The visitors are invited to lay themselves on the massage table, facing upwards. their forehead exposed to the dropping water.

Ivan Petkov (BG)

Ivan Petkov, lives and works in Linz. Studied Sculpture – Transmedial Art and Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design Linz and Wood sculpture at the National Art Academy Sofia. His work focuses on objects, interactive space- and sound- installations, interventions in public space, animated movies, video. Exhibitions and Festivals i.a. : Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo (2019), Speculum Artium – Trbovlje New Media Festival (2019), Deformation der Stille, Galerie 5020, Salzburg (2014), A-EYE 2014: An exhibition of art and nature- inspired computation, London (2014), Use At Your Own Risk, ARS Electronica Festival, Linz (2014).

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