Ctesibius and Laundry Clock

COL-ME internal artists: Martina Kedrova and Barbara Huber plus Norbert Math

Laundry Clocks
is a reference to unpaid female labor – washing, hanging up, ironing, folding, putting laundry in the cupboard, using it. This labor often is invisible. It is happening repeatedly and in a permanent cycle. Time, as a two-folded being, has both a linear and a cyclic existence. While the linear is usually connected with progress, the cyclic is connected with tradition and standstill. The Laundry Clocks are in fact advancing time, while secretly representing cyclic movements. Laundry Clocks can become a very important part for Ctesibius.
Please also see the article of Luba Kobova of Laundry Clock. The Clock was created with help and ideas and support from Stefanie Wuschitz and Marton Anton Juhasz.


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Ctesibius.....
.....was a Greek inventor, whose inventions were based on wind and water. We took this high-flying title for our installation as Ctesibius was also the first one to build an actual organ in the very sense of organs today. Originally based on water the organ later turned into a wind-driven instrument and thus is sub-ordered in the definition of instruments under the 'Aerophone' class. Truth is that the wind it actually uses, is a 'fake' wind – a human-made wind which is independent from any gods humankind ever dreamt up so far. We cheat heaven itself by blowing fake wind into the pipes to worshiped heaven itself for so many centuries.
But enough of gods and heavens – may they exist or not. We come down again to earth these days and talk now about ecologies and its influence on our lives – may it be true or not.
Wind in the new terms of worship is the gas that follows a phyisical law and therefore is partially predictable. Partially. Only. And therefore one of the more difficult children of environmental design. And there we are – an organ playing according to wind. That is what we chose to build to play back our work of more than a year – a sacrifice carefully chosen.
We do not know whether the wind accepts this or if it just laughs at us, as it can easily play itself the most marvelous melodies once offered a pipe.
But if you put your ear towards the pipe and dare to put it down into the deep black whole you hear another sound gurgling up from the bottom – or maybe not. As the wind blows.
On each tube you hear – or don't hear – another piece. Each one made by other people on different occasions during the TIK years. Each piece is triggered by the wind – and this time it is not human wind – or is it? Shake the LaundryClocks and hear the sound and you tricked the wind. Wait patiently and hear what happens and you've honored it.
If the flap of the wing of a butterfly can trigger a hurricane you should not have to wait too long.

Ctesibius was built by Barbara Huber, Martina Kedrova based on scripts by Norbert Math. The pieces you hear in the tubes are:

Museum walk for Gornja Stubica (created during a workshop in Marija Bistrica together with the organization UKE)
Devinska Kobyla Soundwalk (Jonathan Prior)
Free Radio Progressbar
TIK Artradio 2011
Collected windsounds of TIK
Sounds of TIK
TimeBendingClock (Verena Kuni)
The big surprise