Thursday, 2 July 2009

World at Work

work now by Romuald Dehio, Stefan Prins (Theo Deutinger Arch+) and Michael van Schaik of restruct org

Z33 - Hasselt - 27 June till 25 September 2009

The project “World At Work” will be presented for the first time as physical machine in real space at the exhibition "Work Now" at the art center Z33 in Hasselt (Belgium).

The 2008/2009 Impakt Online Exhibition shows World at Work

The project the "World at Work" rediscovers the earth as ‘Time Machine’. Its rotation around
its own axis gives us our days and its course around the sun determines our earthly year. To achieve a higher degree of accuracy in organizing their life, humans divided one day in 24 hours and a year in 12 months. The acceleration of transport and information on a global scale, the introduction of time-zones became necessary at the end of the 19th century.

With "World at Work" we project the amount of inhabitants per time-zone onto the earth as ‘Time Machine’. By assuming that the average working day around the world is from 9.00am to 5.00 pm, we come to the conclusion that there is a strong imbalance in the distribution of workforce. One can almost talk about a day and night on earth.

The world as ‘Time Machine’ is visualized by its course around the sun (together with its three neighbour planets) and its spinning around its own axis. On top of its self-rotation a graph with the amount of inhabitants is projected. The third element of the visualisation is the addition of all the working population of one global working day and shows how many people are
working, relaxing or sleeping.

This visualisation is shown either in real time, or can be released and speeded up at the users will. All three parts of the visualisation are interconnected as programmed clockwork that shows time by mimicking reality.

Client: Impakt Online

Design Team: Theo Deutinger, Romuald Dehio, Stefan Prins

Programming: Michael van Schaik/

credits to: Romuald Dehio, Stefan Prins and Michael van Schaik -

with special thanks to: Michael Impakt Online & Sabine Niederer , Erling Haverkamp -
and Ronald van der Groef - Overwijn TS


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