Antoine SCHMITT 2008
On the screen or on a public display, a news ticker constantly displays scrolling textual news, but these news are conjugated at the future tense : “the NASDAQ will drop 4.3 points today”, “A plane crash in Madrid will kill 153 people”, “The Giants will crush the RedSocks 10 to 3”. Apart from the tense of the verbs, all the news are completely true…
TIME SLIP is a visual artwork anchored into philosophical questionings on destiny, its potential pre-written nature or its causal determinism, and in the end, a work on free will in a universe where time and its causality can slip. It confronts the spectator to the control of his own destiny. It is also a work on the motive energy of unpredictability and risk, more and more central in the contemporary world.
TIME SLIP is based on a custom software that feeds from the official news agencies and changes the tense of selected news from near past to near future tense. TIME SLIP is always up to date. It is a programmed generative artwork.