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Time’s Tattarrattat

An artwork exploring the nature of time. Time's Tattarrattat is an voice activated moving image artwork, exhibited as part of a performance. Tattarrattat was coined by James Joyce in Ulysses to mean 'knock on the door', here we are knocking on time's door.

In collaboration with physicist Dr. John Goold from ICTP, Trieste, Italy, we probed time's arrow through a series of conversations that led to the development of Time's Tattarrattat. The performance where John spoke about time was presented at Aboagora festival in Turku, Finland in August 2015.

The work uses speech recognition and analyzes each word for how close it was to a palindrome. Depending on the degree of 'palindromicity' of the words, each triangle in the image moves more or less randomly. Because speech is irreversible the pieces never return to their original positions once activated.

The link to the YouTube video is here Time's Tattarrattat



Piece on ceiling

Setting up

Looking Up

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