In a time when people are addicted to buttons, when all of our daily electronic tools can be shaped and alternated into whatever function we need, Light Piece is an object that refers to a pre-electronic time, before the advent of the touch screens and their countless buttons. It is a tool with one function, one logic, one plan.
Like the original hourglass, Light Piece measures the passage of time, but it does so by using light instead of sand. Corresponding with the sand, it presents light as a tangible and measurable material, and simulates the passage of time by using very simple mechanics to reproduce the effects of gravity and weight.
The hand-sized Light Piece Lamp, as the original device, is a tool meant to be used by one person. Once it is off, it can be reused and relit indefinitely by turning it upside down.
Created at Reactive Light class at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, 2017
Participated in the exhibition Salone Satellite at Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
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