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FLUX3116 is a work initiated by Jochem Esser, a befriended artist I met on a collaborative trip to Shenzhen two years ago. We started working on this project for Dutch Design Week 2019 and the work manifested in it's current form at The New Current 2019. I mainly liked all conversations during the creation of the work - about the passing of time and this work teaching us patience, in many many frustrating ways. Something philosopher Aldo Kempen mentioned during a De School residency kept popping up: A quote by the early 20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson. In his critique of Einstein, Bergson stated that we have ‘temps’ (scientific/rationalised time) on the one hand and ‘durée’ (duration or lived time) on the other hand. He claimed that there are infinite many rhythms that make up the passing of time of the world and that scientific time, or ‘temps’, is only one of them.

To me FLUX3116 reflects on this way of looking at time. The different layers of the work seem to try and show the viewer not only the linear - but also the abstract experience of the clock. And the beauty that comes with patience.

Design, concept & construction: Jochem Esser
Sound & concept: Boris Acket
Fluid experiments & Concept: Vincent Rang

Commissioned by
The New Current 2020 / Dutch Design Week 2019