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HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
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Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives

Clocks run differently with compressed air

A light art clock in which pneumatic valves slow down and speed up time, as well as make it disappear will be on display in Amsterdam until January 21, 2018.

16 Dec. 2017
Michael Triadan
AVENTICS GmbH
Clocks run differently with compressed air (picture: AVENTICS GmbH)

The installation named Touch of Time is currently exhibited across from the central train station. Light artist Lambert Kamps designed it for this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival . Kamps has been working with LED lamps that he switches on and off pneumatically for several years now and again in this project, where the compressed air controlled time display behaves very differently than expected, although he evokes the appearance of a classic digital clock. The artist received support from two companies in implementing the idea: from Tecair (which supplied the plastic pneumatic pipes), and from Aventics , the air pressure specialist provided Kamps with know-how, technology, and materials and even contributed the valve technology.

Julian Charrière from Switzerland had less luck with his compressed air art, which he tried out in Berlin-Schöneberg in the spring of 2017. The Purchase of the South Pole , a Jules Verne-inspired compressed air cannon for the Antarctic Biennale , was seized by the police after they received anxious calls from local residents.

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