Arcangelo Sassolino - Time Tomb

Tombstones show the ticking of time at Z33

30 May 2010
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From 30 May the new large spatial installation “Time Tomb” will be on display at Z33. “Time Tomb” is a gigantic and slow metronome that will occupy almost the entire space of two beguinage houses of Z33. The installation consists of two iron arms of seven metres that can swing back and forth by a pneumatic mechanism, as it were a metronome that indicates time. The installation will continuously be in motion, both day and night. Tombstones from the church ruin of Z33 are attached to the end of the metronome’s arms and will create balance.

Sassolino uses the visual contrast between the intimacy the tombstones represent and the ruthlessness of the mechanism to make us reflect upon the irreversible ticking of time.

Arcangelo Sassolino was born in 1967 in Vicenza (Italy), where he lives and works now. From 1990 to 1996 he lived in New York where he studied at the School of Visual Art from 1990 to 1995 and developed games for Casio. In 1996 he returned to Vicenza and started his career as an artist.

He realizes architectural projects with mainly industrial material and machines. His realizations include an installation that catapults glass bottles at a speed of 800 km/h against a steel wall. The direct confrontation with the materiality and the potential danger of the installations generates a physical and psychological reaction of the spectators and emphasizes our vulnerability in a high tech environment. It is the first time that one of his works can be seen in Belgium.