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W.clock


2020
Electronic components, servo motor, 3D printed sculptures, loudspeaker.


In the last thirty years, when access to the internet has increased exponentially, the time dedicated to this new type of communication has created a new human experience, where time seems to be shaped and curved by the way we use the internet.

W.clock is a time dilator-contractor clock based on internet data traffic in local form. The clock is a sculptural-kinetic device connected to the internet, which obtains the number of gigabits per unit of time (Gbps) of the city of Curitiba through its microcontroller connected to an internet data server.

The device expands or contracts time based on the current Gbps / average Gbps ratio over the past 24 hours. In this way, time is conserved in quantitative form, but it stops happening in a linear form, creating a direct dependence on data traffic in a particular city.

The frequency of movements and the lights of the w.clock are proportional to the percentage of time expansion/contraction. An LCD shows the current Gpbs data of the city, the w.time, the name of the city, and the percentage of expansion/contraction.

The time itself, during last century, has been measured by quantifying the electromagnetic radiation that the electrons of Cesio-133 atoms emit when changing energy states. This physical property has an accuracy of 10^-9 seconds per day. But this physical property is absolutely abstract and is not dependent on any property of human action. This is where the idea of ​​expanding or contracting time based on the internet plays the role of updating this physical property in modifying and placing it according to the observer, that is, depending on the amount of information, which could be considered proportional to the activity human.

This way, time expands at night when the city maintains a low internet traffic, and increases at different times during the productive day. In figure 1, data traffic from Curitiba is shown on a typical day, which gives an idea of ​​how it expands and contracts in relation to the average marked with a horizontal line.

The fact that the w.time is curved by the internet creates a direct dependency with life and human activity, in other words, this w.clock measures a human relativistic time. This way, what we know as hours, were renamed as humas, abbreviated with hu, instead of h. The mortuary structure forms built in cold colors recalls time as a conduit of fragility of life and the brevity of human existence, being the w.clock itself the physical object that quantifies our human time.

Figure 1: Gigabits per second in Curitiba - June 17, 2020. A horizontal line shows the average Gbps value in 24 hours.
When the actual value is above, w.time contracts, when the actual Gbps are below the media, w.time expands. Reference and live data from https://ix.br/trafego/agregado/pr