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The Product of Cooperation Between Two Humans

written by A.Morgan - 31st Oct 2011

Per and Bastian are humans. Since 1982. At least, that’s what their biography tells me, because they are proving very difficult to get hold of.

The two mysterious University of Gothenburg design graduates share a mutual passion for making functional art that requires a double, even triple take to understand. Amongst a sea of blinking light bulbs, blank canvases and smelly beds, the work of Humans Since 1982 is industrial and compelling, using shapes and objects that we all know in ways that we don’t. It all feels strangely familiar, and is so simplistically clever that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before.

The work of Humans Since 1982 has toured the world, including places like the Saatchi gallery in London and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. This particular piece that we are featuring here is quite simply titled, ‘The Clock Clock,’ because that is pretty much what it is. Using twenty-four traditional two-handed clocks stacked up on top of each other, a display is created, six clocks making up each number. The hands arrange themselves in a similar way to the numbers on a digital watch, each clock describing a corner or an edge of each number.

That’s pretty damn cool as it is, but to add a bit of visual drama, each changing minute is marked by the chaotic spinning of all the clocks, before settling down to display the amended time. It is such a modest yet brilliant idea that it’s no wonder it has amassed a large number of fans wherever it has been on display. Better yet, it is now available to buy at Phillips de Pury in New York.

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