timepiece (prototype 1)

We,  mccoll-misme group are starting a new project- a durational piece- in which the concept lies on time, measuring everyday life actions for a period of a month. This method will help us to collect the specific material for the development of our next installation/performance.
This process is looking at the analysis of the conditions and time in which the human body lives the everyday counscious and unconscious actions.
For this to happen we will be measuring each activity throughout the day for a month starting on Sunday 4th of July 2010 at midnight. The recorded activities will be the following:
Sleeping, taking showers, dressing, travelling, the amount of time we spend on the phone, in front of the computer, working, watching films, listening music, other kind of entertainments, eating, having sex, masturbating, drinking, smoking, procrastinating, cooking, shopping, crying, laughing, hurting, reading, meetings, mum/cat duties, in the toilet, period and house duties.

During these next 4 weeks we will be posting our thoughts about this process as well as leaving traces of the journey.

Timepiece- We are only human!!!

Sunday 4 April, 15.11 min

Less than 24 hours ago we have started “Timepiece”, recording the time of, travelling, sleeping, cooking, laughing, toilet, entertainment, computer, music and we have realised that we are only human….. meaning that it is almost impossible as active people to keep a record of every single activities we perform throughout the day. Frustration got us!!!!

So we have decided that a clearer and more efficient methodology needed to be applied to our project in order to make it possible. We define a new categorization of the daily activities selecting the ones, which are not essential duties for living and surviving but concentrating on the activities that we choose and decide to perform every day.

The new methodology for data collection will be:

Duration (stopwatch)

Travelling, phone, computer, work

Times (abacus)

Entertainment  “the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment”  (film, arts, music, concert, performance, going out…)


Sex, Masturbating

Traces (digital recorder)

Feeling, moods, laughing, crying, hurt

We just realised that for us it is more important to leave word traces of feelings, moods than to quantify it.

We will re-evaluate this new methodology in a week time and keep you posted.

Timepiece – habit formation process

Thursday 15 July, 22.13 min

As we progress into this durational piece, we have discovered that we both approach the timing’s process from very different angles.  Our relationship with numbers, recording, marking, and coding definitely lay out our differences as person as well as highlighting our awareness of life pace and tempo.

During these 11 days of recording and collecting data, we have realized the necessity of creating a habit of timing certain every day life activities. According to a report form the UCL (University College of London) made in 2009,

“Habits are behaviours which are performed automatically because they have been performed frequently in the past. This repetition creates a mental association between the situation (cue) and action (behaviour), which means that when the cue is encountered the behaviour is performed automatically. Automaticity has a number of components, one of which is lack of thought.”[1]

In order to create a pattern of behaviour to accurate the systematisation of our data collection, we have decided to carry on the experience for a longer period. Based on a new research by Phillippa Lally at UCL Epidemiology and Public Health, it takes an average of 66 days to develop a new habit; therefore we will carry on with the experience for 55 more days.

[1] http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0908/09080401


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