April 1 – 30, 2021
8:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. MDT (nightly)
Mondays – WANG Chen, The Sin Park (excerpt)
Tuesdays – Sabrina Ratté, Radiances IV
Wednesdays – Michael Menchaca, A Cage Without Borders
Thursdays – Stephan Herrera, Digby’s Daydream [Thursday Afternoon]
Fridays – Esther Hz, History Repeating
Saturdays – Thea Lazăr, Shadows of Saturdays Past
Sundays – Jan Chan, Purring • HK-London
clock-watching is an experimental group exhibition that subverts the measurement of time on a historic clock tower in downtown Denver. Rather than keep time in the traditional sense—by seconds, minutes, and hours—this exhibition explores tracking time by the day of the week through a series of newly commissioned nighttime video projections. Collectively, these digital artworks acknowledge the perception of time slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The month-long exhibition features a 7-day rotation of videos by seven artists, which explore an array of subjects—from abstract, painterly landscapes that unveil a slow, organic passage of time to a longing reflection on pre-pandemic weekend partying. The animated, digital artworks are projected nightly onto the clock tower’s facade on a set, looped schedule that correspond to a particular day of the week. In turn, the artworks generate an unconventional notion of time that highlights our standardized and cyclical relationship with the 7-day week. clock-watching offers a new meditation each day and examines our connection to time at a moment when our day-to-day has radically changed.
Artists: Jan Chan (London), Esther Hz (Denver), Stephan Herrera (Denver), Thea Lazăr (Cluj-Napoca), Michael Menchaca (San Antonio), Sabrina Ratté (Paris), WANG Chen (New York City)
This project is in partnership with Night Lights Denver, which is operated by the Denver Theatre District.
About the Daniels & Fisher Tower
The Daniels & Fisher Tower is a historic landmark situated within the heart of downtown Denver and stands as the city’s largest architectural timepiece. Built in 1911, the 20-floor tower features four clock faces and is modeled after Italy’s iconic St. Mark's Bell Tower.
Images: Esther Hz, History Repeating, concept sketch [top]; Stephan Herrera, Digby’s Daydream [Thursday Afternoon], 2021, site-specific projection. Photo by Wes Magyar. Courtesy of the artist, Black Cube, and Night Lights Denver. [bottom left]; Jan Chan, Purring • HK-London, 2021, site-specific projection. Photo by Wes Magyar. Courtesy of the artist, Black Cube, and Night Lights Denver. [bottom right]