Antoinette J. Citizen


Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement


We organise ourselves according to a shared and precise measure of time, but our own perception of it is much more relative. Time speeds up and slows down, varying between people, activities, moods and memories.

Across three wearable devices, Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement investigates how we sense time. The first device is a clock set to the wearer’s personalised perception of time. The wearer is invited to press a button when they sense a minute has passed and the clock adjusts its calculations accordingly. Worn face-down around the leg or arm, the device displays the wearer’s unique time on the floor next to them as they peruse the gallery. The second device is a headset with a screen that streams video of the gallery space, recorded from different points in time. Time can be sped up, slowed down or compressed, visually morphing the past and present. The third wearable device records sound and plays it back through a headset at a displaced time. The wearer can set a short delay. In doing so, they intimately experience the sound of moments just past.

An Experimenta and Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Commission

Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement (DEVICE 001)

arduino, electronics, plastic

10 x 5 x 3 cm

edition of 10 plus 3 Artist Proofs

Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement (DEVICE 002)

unity, generative video, Arduino, electronics, plastic

dimensions variable

edition of 1 plus 1 Artist Proof

Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement (DEVICE 003)

raspberry pi, 2-channel audio, microphones, speakers, electronics, plastic

20 x 23 x 10 cm

edition of 3 plus 2 Artist Proofs

Antoinette J. Citizen is a visual artist based in Melbourne. Combining disparate technologies and performance strategies, Citizen works across emerging technologies, computer programming, electronics, paper-based works, kinetic sculptures and installations.

Citizen holds a BFA (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology. In 2015 Citizen was awarded a PhD in Visual Art from RMIT University for research on the quantified self. Citizen has exhibited in solo and group shows around Australia including at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; West Space, Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Casula Powerhouse, Sydney; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne; and in international exhibitions in Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and New Zealand.

Images courtesy of the artist © the artist