Analog Digital Clock

Designer | Artist Maarten Baas
Year 2009

Maarten Baas’s Analog Digital Clock, available as an iPad or iPhone app as well as a Blu-ray film, appears, at first glance, to be a classic digital clock adapted for mobile devices and screens. In fact it is a videotaped performance of an actor painting or erasing sections of the digital display numbers, minute by minute, by hand, elegantly combining the analog and digital worlds. Time is presented here as a highly physical, even labor-intensive process, like the clock machine in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927). Analog Digital Clock was created as part of Baas’s Real Time series, a set of four works in which people’s actions, rather than traditional clocks, demonstrate the passage of time: the hands of the clock are drawn (in Grandfather Clock), constructed from swept garbage (Sweepers Clock), and indicated by people in three different time zones (World Clock).