Cement, Light and Time

- November 28, 2020

Building a binary clock is a rite of passage for artists interested in exploring electronics. There is a subversive edge in over-designing it to the extent that its alleged primary purpose becomes obfuscated until all that is left is the contemplation of mysterious patterns. My version of this endeavor involves contrasting the immateriality of light with the weight and cold smoothness of polished cement. But it DOES tell time, although by the time you’ve decoded the bits, the time will be different.

The clock's circuit board was designed with an atmel MPU, bit-shift registers to address the individual LEDs, an RTC chip to keep accurate time, and a voltage regulator.