사회 구성원으로서의 개인의 삶을 좀 더 넓은 시각으로 바라보면서, 나는 시간을 소비 하고 관리하는 기존의 사회규범이 개인의 삶의 다양성을 어떻게 제한하는지 의문과 저항으로 이 작업을 시작했다. 나는 종종 나의 미래를 위한 ‘의미 있는 선택’의 기로에 직면해왔다. 이러한 선택을 하는 과정에서 나는 나에게 의미 있다고 생각하는 방식으로 시간을 사용하는 것과 사회적으로 유능해보이는 방식으로 시간을 사용하는 것 사이에는 분명한 갈등이 존재해왔다. 이처럼 나는 사회가 개인이 시간을 사용하고 관리할 수 있는 방식에 대한 특정한 기대를 강요하고 시간의 압박을 느끼게 한다고 생각한다. 이 작품 속 시계의 텍스트는 나와 사회를 대변한다. 시계에 나타난 텍스트들은 시간을 사용하고자 하는 개인적인 이상적인 욕망과 사회적 시간을 고려하는 관습적인 규범 사이의 충돌을 의미한다. 반복되는 충돌을 표현하기 위해 텍스트가 쌍으로 반복 구성되도록 시계가 설치되어 있다.
나는 이 작업을 통해 관객들에게 하나의 사회 속에 다른 개개인의 의미를 전달하며 스스로 그들을 위한 시간의 의미를 사유 할 수 있기를 바란다.
I used ten manipulated clocks for this work. Looking at social life from a broader perspective, I started this work with questions about and resistance to how conventional social norms in spending and managing time limit individuals' lives' diversity. During my life span, I have often been confronted with meaningful choices for my future. In the process of making these choices, there is a conflict between using my time in a way that I find meaningful and using it in a socially competent way. However, I feel that society imposes its own expectations on how individuals can use and manage their time.
The clocks point to a random time in the installation, and asking, "What time is it?" is meaningless. All ten clocks start with their arrows at the same location. However, the clocks diverge gradually over time and fall out of sync because the timing of when I insert the batteries and the remaining power of the batteries are different. I hope the differences in these clocks can convey to viewers the meaning of different individuals in society. I believe that there is no absolute way for individuals to dictate the use of their own time. Therefore, through this installation, I hope the audience will be able to take their time on my platform to think about how they are spending their own time.
Furthermore, I arranged metaphorical texts on the face of the clocks instead of dial numbers in this installation. The text in my artwork represents several different kinds of speakers, sometimes me, sometimes society. In this work, the speaker of the sentence appears alternately between society and me. The texts mean the conflict in human life between the ideal personal desire of using time and the conventional norm of considering social time. The clocks are set up so that the texts are paired each to express repeated conflicts. The use of text in this work is similar in layout, with only the part of the clock's original dial replaced by the text. Therefore, it is difficult for the audience to read and understand the text easily at once. Through this, I hope people will spend more time in my work and think about the metaphorical meaning of the work.
Viewers can hear the sound of multiple clocks ticking in this installation. There is one platform in my installation, and my viewer can stand on it. The platform size is for one person, and this work is also for individual appreciation only. When the viewer steps on the box, the ticking sound stops. However, when the viewer leaves the box, the sound resonates again. In this work, I also use familiar sounds to help viewers understand the situation in my installation and get direction on how they approach my artwork. These sounds are mundane but make me feel uncomfortable. Those sounds are repeated and come from multiple directions, and those are the role of awakening inconvenience in time as a social concept that the audience has taken for granted.
Through interaction experiences in my work and the transition of experiences through multi-sensory participation, I hope my work can provide a multi-sensory space for the viewers to focus on themselves. I am posing questions in my work, and my work presents a question that I wish to ask the audience based on my own life. In addition, there is no absolute answer to the questions prompted by my work. The desired outcome is that the audience engages in self-reflection as a result of experiencing my work.