Weight Of Time

Weight of Time (Acasta Gneiss, steel, copper, aluminium, water, pumping system, motors), Installation view: Pitch Drop, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016



Weight of Time features a large lump of the oldest known material in the world – extant some 4 billion years; 3 billion before the advent of multicellular life – being ground into a sphere by a juddering machine grinder. In this violent mechanical operation one recognizes a stark image for industrialization’s morbid embrace of the globe. But the work also foregrounds a distant past, before mankind. As a conceptual gesture, this sculpture-as-arche-fossil nod to times long after the moment of viewing – and perhaps after humanity. Slowly but surely billions of years are ereased, the polished surface of the stone reaches a platonic perfection slowly getting dissociated from its mineral origin.

Weight of Time (Acasta Gneiss, steel, copper, aluminium, water, pumping system, motors), Installation view: Pitch Drop, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016

Weight of Time (Acasta Gneiss, steel, copper, aluminium, water, pumping system, motors), Installation view: Pitch Drop, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016