Wall-mounted aluminium clock
The clock’s name was inspired by the Lars von Trier film “Melancholia”. He recognized that Saturn is the planet that represents melancholia, and, searching the internet, he suddenly came across a web page about cosmic collisions. In Lars von Trier’s works there is always something to elevate matters beyond the trivial!
I’d wanted to create a clash that which is romantic and stylized and that which resembles some form of reality. The empty rituals of reality – my manifestation of postmodernism is a symbol of a fleeting epoch. Longing for reality. Longing is true. While there may be no truth at all to long for, the longing itself is true. Just like pain is true. We feel it inside. It’s a part of reality. This clock is a breath of melancholia. We are often longing for something, and when in a state of longing, you can’t lose anything, for you have it not.
Like the film Melancholia, my clock also consists of two parts. The minute hand is called ‘Justine’, and she deals with her melancholic sister – the hour hand ‘Claire’. And just as Lars von Trier’s planet, Melancholia, devours the Earth, my minute hand will devour the hour hand twice a day. Twice a day the minute and hour hands are at the top together. But slowly, melancholia descends between them like a curtain she has set in motion. It looks like the "sisters" truly suffer from doubts. Twice a day you see them meet and talk about their experiences of being alone. They have different tempos. But they have been two, and, for a brief moment they become one. Alone in the Universe. It’s a scary and sobering thought. As when you see pictures from outer space, you shiver with the sense that we’re awfully alone.