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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

these are the days
John Tonkin

these are the days is about the passing of time. It is a physically based simulation of falling white paper. By combining mathematical models of different physical phenomena such as gravity, elasticity and aerodynamics, I create simulations of real world systems in virtual space. Although these simulations are relatively simplistic, the motion they exhibit is both complex and naturalistic.

As well as the formal qualities that are explored in this work, I am interested in other readings suggested by the installation: our lives are documented by a continual stream of paper, every major and minor transition/transaction is marked on a piece of paper - from birth and death certificates to supermarket receipts. The action of gravity has often been used as a metaphor for the passing of time; the falling of leaves, sands through the hour glass, pages blowing from a calendar.
The endless stream of falling paper suggests the meditative space of a waterfall, yet also speaks of consumption and waste. (John Tonkin)