At the beginning time was divided according to the actions that needed to be done in order to survive (hunt, sleep, go to a river..). It is the most primitive way of measuring time.
To represent this time, foldable posters with visual maps in it, were we created with a graphic language encrypting daily actions so they could be freely interpreted by the public.
Throughout origami technique, every time we turn a page a shadow is projected to the next one, increasing its size through twelve spreads, representing the daytime hours, until we arrive to “the night” where there is no time reference.
It is known that in periods of history when time was measured following sundials, at night when there was no indication of time, the freedom and wildness was increased enormously.
Sine Die - Lat.: without any future date being designated - is the name of this book series whose intention is translating to a purely graphic language the experience given to humanity by the different ways of measuring time.
This singular narrative comes as a result of reading “Das Sanduhrbuch” from Ernst Jünger, where the author exposes a compelling reflection about time. With this premise we dive into the standpoint of how the way in which we measure time conditions the way we face it.
Each book was printed and binded by hand with different techniques and as a common element they show a sculptural cover, representing each “time”, the intention behind this tridimensional cover was to make it difficult to storage them, to emphasise the discomfort of the main concept.
Every time we obtain a new space we lose another one, metaphor that transcends the physical meaning, as every experience and learning that we go through has a counterpoint.
Used primarily in the judiciary environment, these clocks consist in a clepsydra or hourglass that can measure two times simultaneously.
Adding each of these times with its experiences we end up creating a whole system by which we are governed.
Commonly associated to eastern cultures, specially in sexual contexts, where customers used to buy sticks that later were burned, and the time that it took to disappear was the time they had left.
This volume is a declaration of intent. “Ex nunc” - from now on - a phrase that repeats over and over while it fades page by page.
Every reference with our surrounding is lost, we plunge into an eternal tic tac, until the end.