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clock-watching

clock-watching

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clock-watching

Date

April 1 – 30, 2021
8:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. MDT (nightly) 

General Information

Projection schedule: 

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)

<p><p>Projection schedule: <br /><br />Mondays – WANG Chen, <em>The Sin Park (excerpt)<br /></em>Tuesdays – Sabrina Ratté, <em>Radiances IV<br /></em>Wednesdays – Michael Menchaca, <em>A Cage Without Borders<br /></em>Thursdays – Stephan Herrera, <em>Digby’s Daydream [Thursday Afternoon]<br /></em>Fridays – Esther Hz, <em>History Repeating</em><br />Saturdays – Thea Lazăr, <em>Shadows of Saturdays Past<br /></em>Sundays – Jan Chan, <em>Purring • HK-London</em></p></p>
<p><p>Projection schedule: <br /><br />Mondays – WANG Chen, <em>The Sin Park (excerpt)<br /></em>Tuesdays – Sabrina Ratté, <em>Radiances IV<br /></em>Wednesdays – Michael Menchaca, <em>A Cage Without Borders<br /></em>Thursdays – Stephan Herrera, <em>Digby’s Daydream [Thursday Afternoon]<br /></em>Fridays – Esther Hz, <em>History Repeating</em><br />Saturdays – Thea Lazăr, <em>Shadows of Saturdays Past<br /></em>Sundays – Jan Chan, <em>Purring • HK-London</em></p></p>

Special Thanks:
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]