My first idea was to propose a clock where each minute would be unique based on how a subject would count 60 seconds. After reflection, I thought about a first proposition where the unit would not be related to the counting subject, but rather to the second itself. I decided to work on a program that would propose a singularity of each second. Each interval between two seconds would therefore be different: randomly moving between from 5 milliseconds to 60 full seconds. The result is a clock where the second-hand accelerates and decelerates. The clock doesn't give the precise time, but just an approximate idea.

Given the changes in process as described above, I have also decided to change the name of the project to The Clock.




Fayçal Baghriche, The Clock, notebook page: Research of Probabilities. Courtesy of the artist.
Fayçal Baghriche, The Clock, notebook page: Research of Probabilities. Courtesy of the artist.


About the artist

Fayçal Baghriche was born in 1972 in Skikda, Algeria and now lives and works in Paris, France. He obtained a national diploma of fine arts from La Villa Arson in Nice, France in 1991, followed by a BA in Dramatic Arts at Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France in 1998. In 2001, he completed a Master's degree in multimedia creation at The National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. Baghriche was instrumental in establishing an artist residency in Paris at La Villa du Lavoir and is a founding member of curatorial structure Le Commissariat.


In the past 10 years, he has exhibited widely both in France and abroad, including Brooklyn Euphoria, New York; Dashanzi Art Festival, Beijing; La force de l'Art 2009 and La Nuit Blanche, Paris; and Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse. In 2011, he participated in the 54th Venice Biennial as part of the first pan-Arab pavilion, The Future of a Promise. In recent years, his work has been shown as part of the biennale of Gwanju as well as in art centres such as Contemporary Art Museum Huston, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain, The Museum of Modern Art in Algiers and the Dakar Biennale in 2014.