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Time Markers

2006 - 2008

+50 QuickTime movies, mural-sized digital prints, handmade light boxes



  • background info

    Time Markers is a multidisciplinary project that combines crude pinhole photography with digital technologies to record and display events from the arts, nature, business, social and family rituals. Events are simultaneously recorded by a single, cumulative exposure from a paintcan-pinhole camera and a series of digital time-lapse stills strung together for a flipbook-like animation. This project examines activities that surround us but that are rarely observed: a bookkeeper, a golfer, an executive director, a rock and roll band rehearsal.


    Time Markers builds from past works in the arts, literature, and the social sciences. It references the eighteenth century sequence photography of Edward Muybridge, the early twentieth century motion study films by Frank Gilberth, and the 1974 book, Working by Studs Terkel where workers talk about what they do all day. The pinhole and digital techniques provide two looks at the unseen that surrounds us. The pinhole and digital traces are craft-laden choices, skimming across both banal and esoteric modern rituals, incorporating elements of chance and surprise as these daily routines unfold.


    Work from Time Markers has been exhibited at The Corcoran Museum of Art, The Work Gallery in Ann Arbor, Ausitn College in Texas, and Georgetown University in DC. In 2006, a solo exhibition at the District of Columbia Arts Center in DC, curated by art critic Andy Grundberg, displayed monitors for the animations, large prints of the time-lapse images, and light boxes with transparent pinhole images. In addition, workers were scheduled and photographed in the gallery during the exhibition to allow the public to see the paintcan and digital cameras in action.


    Andy Grundberg: Time Markers contains images that despite their diverse appearances conspire together to make us acutely aware of our physical presence in time and space. Their “real time” becomes our own.

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