Original concept of COL-ME for TIK
Measuring time is as old as the first records of civilizations and humans have found many ways to do so nowadays and in the past. It can have many faces – from the granulized measurement, like the swinging of the atom and therfore the atom clock, to the calendars, which deal with time on an even bigger scale. Interesting are though, which parameters have been used throughout time, in order to make these measurements possible. The biggest and most obvious clock hands – the sun and the moon – are still used to measure certain segments in time. So in a lot of languages there is the same word for 'month' and 'moon'.
Calendars are on a big scale, what clocks are simply on a smaller scale. They became so important that they determine our whole lives. When we get up, when it is time to go shopping, when it is time to go to the office, opening hours, when the cinema starts, when it ends, when our favorite radio show starts.
In times of internet, time has become an even more dreadful factor as we are way more connected with people across the globe and we have to think, what time it is, before we try to reach them in real time.
We can tell so exactly what time it is in Tokyo, when it is in Bratislava 18:00, because there are timezones that tell us so. Time zones have been introduced first by train companies to harmonize train arriving and departing times. By the times it became a political and economical issue, how time zones were introduced and what time they really show (Nepal for example is 15 Minutes ahead of India because of political differences and Hugo Chavez introduced the Venezuela standard time, which is 30 Minutes ahead of the surrounding countries. All of China is covered by only one time zone – the time zone of Beijing).
Building wind clocks discharges us from the liability to follow these (politically or economically set) boundaries of time. But what would that mean for us on a level of every day life? When does our favorite radio show actually run?
COL-ME wants to start an experiment of radio out of time and out of tune.
Based on the idea of building wind clocks, we propose to build up an online streaming radio station, that is following the times of the wind clocks. We will determine own parameters and own time units, in which we are going to move throughout the project.
Units are needed to determine where in time we are currently moving, and where not. These units could be anything that is determined by us.
What happens actually, if there is a radio, that is using a different
time and different time zone and maybe even a different calendar determined by these wind clocks with parameters chosen by us?
What does that mean to radio producers and to listeners? What new devices do we have to invent in order to realize a completely new time area, in that we are moving outside of the well known 24 hour clock related to a time zone, related to a country, related to a calendar?
COL-ME wants to realize an (online) radio station with an own time, calendar and timezone. So we can relate the timezones according to other areas, that we can define in whatever way we want - political - default - random - algorithmic -
non-algorithmic - mystical - practical......
PRACTICALLY THAT MEANS.....
The experimental setup includes a few groups willing to produce radio shows over a defined period of time. Each group is making a defined amount of shows at defined wind clock times. As these times are unpredictable, a radio show could happen at 4 in the morning, or at 2 in the afternoon – basically any time. When the wind clock strikes, the radio show has to go on-air resp. on-line – and that in a complete live setup.
Each group is using the wind clock of another place, in order to prevent time sabotage (blowing to speed it up or to block it with something in order to slow it down or stop it completely).
In case two (or more) groups happen to have show at the same time, they have to work together and create one show (or the inter-lapping time pieces) together.
We can add different local parameters to define the wind clock time to change it every time and make the whole set up more and more complex as time goes by to create a situation, where nobody knows anymore at which time which group is supposed to make radio show. When nobody knows anymore, at which time they should do what we either create white noize, or the same (or opposite): nothing.
Both are death to capitalism as the production will be zero, or there is so much over production, that it will not be heard (= consumed) anymore.
We will start with a workshop how to experience time for ourselves (we get locked up over the weekend – no clocks...) -- other experiments possible?
MINUS AND ZERO TIME
This concept includes the fact, that we have to deal with times, when there is no wind, which we could be defined as minus time (as it is time missing and therefore in mathematical terms minus) or it equals zero. As these times will be unavoidably there, we can find a way to deal with it.
One way could be, to use free radio databases and their content as part of minus time. Archives are things, that already happened, that already were produced. We could fill this minus or zero time with the content of these archives (according to a time-line of course that is connected to wind clocks), so that we are just dealing with splinters of radio shows and or other streams of conventional radio stations.
So when the wind blows it is time, and we take over life streams (in case we are not producing ourselves) and when it stops, we take over archived programs, as we are dealing with minus or zero time.
Technically we rely on the building of operateable wind clocks, that are connected to an interface, where the respective time of each wind clock will be displayed. We need to have one clock on each place, where a radio station will be established. These clocks have to be connected through an online interface, where the time of each place will be visible.
For the radio producing groups and for the listeners, we need a tool, to make it visible, not only, what time it is, but also whether a radio show is actually happening or not.
Solution for this could be, to offer a bar for browsers to download, to indicate, whether a show is happening, and what time it is according to wind time.
Similar to this approach here: http://go.yuri.at/r23/
This bar needs an integrated alarm clock, in case the show is in the middle of the night, so that the radio makers, as well as the devoted listeners will know, when the show starts.
It also should include an indication for what and who is online, what time it is, and when the next shows will be staged.