Maarten Baas, ‘Sweepers' clock’, 2009, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Maarten Baas, ‘Sweepers' clock’, 2009, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

W hat appears at first glance to be a large flat analogue clock is in fact a recorded performance featuring two handymen sweeping trash for 12 hours. Creating and erasing sections of the clock, minute by minute, they cleverly combine the marking of time with a durational performance.
Sweepers’ clock is part of Maarten Baas’ ‘Real Time’ series of four 12-hour films, in which people’s actions, rather than the mechanics of traditional clocks, present the passage of time as a highly physical, even labour-intensive, process. The artist combines theatre, art, film and design in a variety of surprising but highly-recognisable formats.

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