The 2015 Temporary Contemporary “Museum of Broken Watches” public lecture at Sheridan
The artists behind the FAAD Temporary Contemporary art installation project were at Sheridan College today (Tuesday September 15th, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM) for a public lecture and free pizza lunch describing the inspiration behind The Museum of Broken Watches to Sheridan faculty and students. Both Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky discussed their previous art installations and the origins of the creativity and innovation behind this year’s Temporary Contemporary project.
Mahovsky and Weppler explored the history of watches and discussed how, over time, technology and human interaction helped produce many different types of watches used around the world. one of Mahovsky and Weppler’s previous installations called “All Night Convenience” – presented last year at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche – is similar to The Museum of Broken Watches in the way that both pieces reflect objects that many people take for granted.
The artists explained that having students and faculty donate the watches is something they feel helps bring the piece to life.
“A key component of The Museum of Broken Watches is everyone being involved and feeling a part of what we are trying to accomplish as artists. What makes this unique from our point of view is that people will be giving something away that they may not value anymore, but in turn will have a chance to see it ‘come to life’ again when their watches light up all at different times,” Mahovsky said.
“Having people feel apart of our work is important because not only are they viewing the finished product, they know they were a huge reason the piece was a success. It’s sort of like digital technology helping revive something that was once referred to as being ‘dead’ and to display a collection of watches on life support. It’s going to be like having a big case with tons of watches but with such tiny added detail. We think this will go a long way in making our piece unique.”
The Museum of Broken Watches will be displayed at the Sheridan Trafalgar Campus over the course of the 2015–2016 academic year. You can help the project by donating your broken or unwanted analog watches to office A100 at Sheridan College and to the E-Gallery at the University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus) during office hours. Donations will begin on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 and will continue until Thursday, October 22nd, 2015.
The piece is a deconstructed public clock in the form of a glass-fronted case holding 720 donated analog wristwatches each stopped at a different time. All possible hour and minute combinations are shown. Each watch will be displayed in an individually-lit compartment with lights controlled to showcase only the watch showing the current time. Each horizontal row will be 60 watches—one hour—wide.
The watch(es) you choose to donatewill be accepted without its band as long as it has at least one hand on the dial. For more information on how to donate, please visit our blog here.