2008, porcelaine thimbles in varying sizes

In physics, ‘discrete time’ refers to the temporal separation of objects and events. Data and values are measured at defined intervals, in between which data get lost. As a result, variations occur. Discrete time is non-continuous time. The word ‘digital’ comes from the Latin ‘digitus’ (finger). Thus in its original sense it meant countable on one’s fingers.

Temps Discret (Digital) is about the blank spaces of being that make the Proustian notion of memory as a poetisation of reality both possible and necessary. Starting from a digital photography of a hawthorn hedge — Proust’s often-cited stimulus of involuntary memory —, multiply enlarged until it dissolves in single pixels, the search begins for a deeper dimension of remembering aimed at a restitution of an original content of reality, thereby exposing the progressive disintegration and the forces of discontinuity of being.

exhibition views by Niki Lackner, Joanneum Graz