Category: Time

Distorting Space and Time


Step inside “Momentum,” the massive installation from United Visual Artists (UVA) at London’s Barbican Centre. The experience is a void of darkness filled with only 12 illuminated pendulums swinging rhythmically from the sky, creating an evolving composition of light and sound. The unexpected contrast of natural and synthetic patterns is designed to distort your perception of time and physical space


I think perhaps the most fascinating thing about this project was how simple the construction was.


It was 12 lights that swing from the sky.

And yet that idea was able to capture something beautifulUVA_BARBICAN_PRESS_140212_9807 UVA_BARBICAN_PRESS_140212_9797


I think the movement of the light really shows when the images are taken with light exposure.

It’s really quite amazing how a space can be changed with some simple moving lights.



I think one take away for my own project would be to explore the relationship of time and space using lights.

How do we perceive light and how does that distort reality?



” Try to imagine a life without timekeeping… Man alone suffer a paralyzing fear that no other creature have to. A fear of time running out.”

Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

A Professor of mine once asked me, in a thick Mexican accent, “What is your concept of time?”


Time froze as I struggle to say something smart…

According to the Einstein, time is relative. Our perception of time is distorted according to our experiences. Time has become another dimension in works of art now, no longer bounded by the stillness of a frame nor locked in a painting. Time has become like another color for artists to change the tone and expression of their works.


Time defines our experiences. We cannot experience music without time. Can the same be said for architecture? If the way we experience a space is by walking from one point of the building to another, the can we say that we experience it through time?

The building does not change, but our location and perception of it changes with time, so can we say that our experience is defined by time?