While we take the Universal time for granted today as synonymous with the experience of time, it was for a long historically debatable. Still 40 years after its legislation, Nordisk Familjebok described Universal time in 1917 as equal to Bourgouise time, or legal time, emphasizing its political construction. The history of time develops closely to modern communication, the industrial revolution, and the foundation of national states.
70% of Småland’s landscape consists of forestland, which for a long was held at bay by farmers that tried to survive on the poorly stony cultivated land. These poor conditions were one of the reasons why Småland became the center of emigration to North America during the 19th century. Agriculture has successively since transformed to forestry today, as the farmers changed to forest-owner. A shift that also culminated in working hours from sun time to standard time.
But the surrounding treasure that our forests are is not only economic resource, a living biodiverse forest is a keystone in Sweden’s political aim to become CO2-neutral in 2045.
The sculpture opens for reflection on different time scales such as sun time, station time, standard time, and the recent newcomer—screen time. If only for a moment, you might be able to reflect on different speeds and the rhythm of your own life.
Tree Time, 2021 Wood, jesmonite, aluminum, steel, step motors, microcontrollers 160 x 350 x 160 cm
SKETCHES and drawings
PRODUCTION AND INSTALLATION
Photos: Studio Bigert & Bergström