Connect! artist Luke Jerram has come up with an alternative idea to his Museum Heist concept: this new idea is called 1000 Clocks.
I want to work with a museum or gallery to create a gigantic collection of timepieces placed in a space where notions of time or time passing are significant. Helping people to think about our past, present and future – we’d ask the public to donate clocks submitted together with their stories. The clocks would be installed in a museum in and around the existing museum’s collection, affecting and shifting how the museums objects are interpreted. The sounds of the clocks could be amplified or illuminated at night.
Whether the visitor is a child, adult, arts or history specialist, the artwork can be enjoyed and interpreted in many different ways.
Exploring the history of time
The history of our measurement and use of time is a fascinating one. The church controlled time for centuries. They were the time keepers and let everyone in town know what time it was, through the ringing of the church bells.
The accurate measurement and communication of time was fundamental for the growth and success of the industrial revolution. The accurate measurement of time was also vital to be able to safely navigate the oceans. John Harrison’s clocks were a breakthrough in chronology.
The technology that we use to measure time passing ironically changes over time. Technology eventually becomes redundant – and clocks are romanticised and kept as a reminder of the past.
This video shows Luke’s surround sound mock-up of how the installation could work:
If you’re interested in bringing Luke – or any of our Connect! artists – to your venue to lead your October Museums at Night event, you have until 5pm this Friday, 27 March, to submit your application. All the information you’ll need is here.