Winding Time

Inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity, Winding Time is an experimental installation that investigates personal time and space. How do speed and movement affect our individual perception of time? It is trying to visualize how people with different speed have…

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Inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity, Winding Time is an experimental installation that investigates personal time and space. How do speed and movement affect our individual perception of time?

It is trying to visualize how people with different speed have different timelines and how their timelines demonstrate their movements spread in a particular space. What the installation showed could consider as a short recent personal timeline trace which was affected by their movement and speed.

Winding Time invites people to wind up a clockwork motor to reveal a stretched personal timeline that will be generated on video gradually. People will be able to observe their past timeline and also could compare theirs to others.

I use a webcam to capture images and always keep the last 1000 frames with a digital time stamp. When people wind up the clockwork motor, the installation will process a certain number of frames depending on how much the motor is wound. The algorithm used to process images is based on slit scan capture and I’m using PoseNet machine learning to measure individual personal speed. The processed images will be gradually generated over time and projected within the space.

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