1996 | Two-channel video sculpture | 180 x 150 x 150 cm

two monitors on a metal rod, sand runs from the upper monitor into the lower one

two monitors rotating monitors
Photos © Heinrich Hermes

The German title »GLASEN« signifies a nautical term, which has been used since the 16th Century to describe the half-hourly striking of a bell in order to signal the watch on ships.

Two monitors are mounted along a revolving axis. Each screen shows the image of a pile of sand. It looks like sand grains are moving from the upper screen into the lower one. When the upper monitor looks »empty«, a signal sounds and the pivot turns the screens and the process of sand trickling starts again. At the back of the installation, a modified sand clock is installed. Two surveillance cameras record the actual run of sand. While being wired with the monitors in front, the filmed images come in sight on the front side of the installation simultanelously.

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Glasen hourglas, sand flow sequence

Glasen hourglas, sand flow sequence

sand flow, videostills

Glasen design drawing
Technical Draft

Glasen 1996