A symbolic Doomsday Clock has been ticking since 1947 in the ‚Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’. Based on actual threats such as nuclear risk and climate change, it shows the time left till the possible extinction of life on the planet.
Since the start of the clock, the displayed time has seemingly stopped shortly before midnight, even though the minute arm has oscillated back and forth many times.
In ATOMIC TIME TORTURE, the ticking of the seemingly not-advancing time is metaphorically transformed into dripping water. Experienced on one’s own forehead, it reminds of an ancient torture method. The dripping is accurately synchronised with the international atomic time, using the same transmission technology used by radio-clocks and time-servers.
Ivan Petkov, born 1976, lives and works in Linz. He studied Sculpture – Transmedial Art and Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design Linz and Wood sculpture at the National Art Academy Sofia. His work focuses on objects, interactive space- and sound-installations, interventions in public space, animated movies, video.
Exhibitions and Festivals i.a. : Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo (2019), Festival Der Regionen, Ebensee (2015), Deformation der Stille, Galerie 5020, Salzburg (2014), A-EYE 2014: An exhibition of art and nature-inspired computation, London (2014), Use At Your Own Risk, ARS Electronica Festival, Linz (2014)