ABOUT THE WORK
TIMEGARDEN 01 by Claudia Hart is part of her series of "timegardens", vegetal worlds that use procedural generation to cultivate virtual landscapes calibrated to temporal events in reality. They reverse the conditions of nature, so that it is subjected to a cultural or personal timeline rather than the reverse. TIMEGARDEN reflects the function of technology in contemporary life: humanity's attempt to dominate the natural world rather than adapt to it.
TIMEGARDEN 01 runs for 40 minutes: the average amount of time the public spends at an institutional group exhibition. In the first quarter of the video, the garden seeds itself dynamically, rapidly springing into being; for the remaining half-hour, it slowly decays to the sound of gentle pulsations, an echo-y, recursive soundtrack that resembles the subtle sounds plants emit to communicate with each other.
Sound by Alain Thiebaut.
TIMEGARDEN IN PAST EXHIBITIONS
2020, THE TREE OF LIFE, bitforms gallery, NY, online exhibition as netart work by Claudia Hart and Shi Zhen with essay and curating by Claudia Hart, and net work by Shi Zhen, including the work of Mark Dorf, Claudia Hart, Auriea Harvey, and Michael Stimm, Kurt Hentschlager, Gary Hill, Sara Ludy, Davide Quayola, Shi Zhen, and Marina Zurkow
2005, THE EXPLORATORIUM, San Francisco, CA