The installation concept for 2015 started from thinking, “How was the state of the universe right after it began ?”.
At 'the beginning of the universe', light, time, space and matter were all undifferentiated and everything was just 'one'. We imagined there might have been a moment when it would have been possible to presage the beginning of the 'universe'. The state right after the 'beginning of the universe' means that light, time, space and matter just started to have their own behaviours. We tried to recreate that action, the direction that the universe and time would take as 'Expansion Time', CITIZEN’s new installation.
Since this project started, we researched about 'time' further, more deeply. We think we know about 'time' however we realise that we only know little about it and the biggest discovery was that the universe never stops; in this lies the mystery and the potential of 'time' to us.
'Expansion Time' is an installation which projects the time that may expand or get distorted. The movement of light and shadow between 10,000 main-plates and the blank space that surrounds them creates a 'time experience' that is still unknown to humankind.
A gallery space to experience one of CITIZEN’s technologies, 'Super Titanium', was also created; it is an exhibition to show the distinctive texture and strength of titanium alloy made from CITIZEN’s state-of-the-art processing technology, and also the history and potential of 'Super Titanium', a material created from CITIZEN’s pioneering experiments.
After 'Frozen Time' in 2013 and 'Compressed Time' in 2014, 'Expansion Time' was born in 2015 to create an emotional experience to show the visitors the as-yet-unknown potential of time.
PROJECT INFORMATION :
Status : Complete
Location : Basel, Switzerland
Dates : 2015
Area : 147m²
Type : Private
Client : CITIZEN WATCH CO. Ltd.
Program : Installation for Citizen
PROJECT TEAM :
Architect : DGT. Paris
Technical direction : Luftzug, Amsterdam
Booth design : IXI Co, Ltd, Tokyo
Producer : ADK, Tokyo
Project coordination : Pacteam, Lausanne
Construction : Hypsos, Soesterberg
Photo credit : Takuji Shimmura, Paris