Timefield Lab

Each of these images experiments with a different relationship between time and space.

Timefield 288 is constructed by randomly selecting an exposure from 2,880 that were made over a 24 hour period. A pixel is copied from the selected image and pasted into the final image. This process is repeated 36 million times, once for each pixel in the final image.

The night sky inspired the the second experiment. Though most timefields feel foreign to our everyday experience, there is one familiar exception. Gazing into the sky at night is simultaneously observing as many distinct moments in time as there are stars. What if the brightest lights from a city at night also took us the furthest back in time? Timefield 301 explores this idea using a pair of images. The first is a traditional digital photograph used to map a set of 1,440 exposures made over a 12 hour period. The brightest pixels in this image are mapped back to noon in the final image, the darkest remain at midnight, and all the shades of gray are mapped to moments between the two.

The last experiment imagines time as a tunnel looking into the future. Using exposures made over the course of an afternoon into night, concentric circular slices are nested to form Timefield 188. The smaller the circle, the further into the future it is.