The Theory of Time Here

Roderick Coover

2007 | 00:06:32 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: City, Language, Sound, Technology, Time

It is TIME at a street corner in London... A collaboration between filmmaker Roderick Coover and writer Deb Unferth, this short marks the textual disintegration of the speaking clock in an unnerving portrait of technology, power, and the urban environment.

The Theory of Time Here is a formalist work about the speaking clock and its proverbial voice. Its repetitive, calming tone distracts from the fact that it represents a marriage of the two most inescapable and oppressive authorities--technology and time. Here familiar images and phrases become playfully disassembled and reassembled. Whatever choices the humans make are constrained by--and expressed within the conditions of--the powerful forces of technology. These forces are expressed through convention. They may approach total disintegration, yet somehow, perhaps through convention, they right themselves, and begin again.

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