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Stereochron Island Residency

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Imagine an island without clocks. Its people tell time by the movement of shadows, the pattern of birdsong, the swelling of buds. But often they forget about time altogether, lingering in its gardens, daydreaming on its winding paths, playing in its fields. This is a place set apart from ordinary time. This is Stereochron Island.   Cathy Haynes,

In the summer of 2014 Chisenhale Gallery commissioned an offsite research project Stereochron Island by Cathy Haynes. The project investigates the devices we use to make sense of the world, such as clocks and time maps. Stereochron Island re-imagines London's Victoria Park as a fictional island state campaigning to liberate itself from the mechanical clock.

For seven days in June 2014 I took up residency on the canal borders of Stereochron Island, and sought to live without mechanical time, relying on a solar clock and other internal / external systems. The results and learnings of which are to be documented below.

Point of Residency;

Regents Canal bordering Stereochron Island, 2014

Means of Time Measurement;

Time Measurement Outputs;

Internal & External Indicators of Time

The above time map documents the personal internal [i] and external [e] stimulus used to measure time without the use of mechanical or digital tools. A day is divided into three parts, morning noon and night, and each part has a series of events that can be used to loosely indicate points within that day. Each event is ended with a Beat. as used in theatrical play transcripts. Such Beats symbolise a pause in momentum before moving to a next event, a point for closure. It is such closures, such stories giving understanding to events, that help us to navigate our days, and ultimately our lives.

Triangular Clock

Within a triangular clock a day is divided into a core 3 part sequence, rather than the existing 24 (12 x 2) parts contained within a circular clock. These 3 parts are again morning, noon and night. The contents of each triangle represent the quantity of events contained within each time of day. The afternoon period in this case illustrates a far greater abundance of activity than morning or night. Contained within the three outer triangles in a central triangle representing sleep. In this way conscious time is contained at the outskirts of the clock, and unconscious time is housed within it.