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Nascent (Paul Seidler and Max Hampshire)

Temporal Secessionism - Timezones #1 & #3

2020-2021, installation

Timezone #1 & Timezone #3 are pieces of alternative infrastructure that aim to catalyse different experiences of time in their local areas. Like a kind of public information terminal, these objects present alternate time counting systems based on a selection of technological processes, including informational consensus systems, numerological computation and state machine replication algorithms.

Two nodes are installed in the ISKRA DELTA areas. In the ID headquarters, node 1 features Energy Time as the main timezone, which is determined by transactions and mining of blocks happening in the bitcoin network. In the lobby of the ID skyscraper node 3 opens up a zone of Machine Time. It is based on Google's Paxos consensus algorithm that serves as an internal timekeeping mechanism of large scale digital infrastructure. Cloud environments no longer rely on human interaction to define temporal consensus - it  is  a  purely  abstracted  instance  of  machine  time,  determined  by  and  existing  solely in  relation  to  the task  at hand between three nodes that enable synchronization of servers across the globe. 

Timezones #1 & #3 are covered with meme stickers, graffiti and various artifacts of dead crypto coins collected and designed by Nascent’s collaborator Johannes Wilke. The passage of time affects the fragmentation and rearrangement of a text by Amy Ireland that provides a generative framework of textual references.

Nascent (Paul Seidler and Max Hampshire) is an EXIT TECH production studio investigating alternative infrastructures. Delving into the nature of games, economics and consensus systems, they create theory-based computational experiments and tools to prototype technological secessionism and spark discussion about the base layers of current stacks. Nascent also consults on tactics and strategies for building p2p economies and spatial- and socio-economic structures via prototyping minimal viable solutions.

Paul Seidler is a Berlin based artist and researcher exploring economic systems, arithmetics and formal languages. His works have been shown or discussed at Schinkel Pavillon, Transmediale and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Max Hampshire is a technical writer and researcher based in Vienna working on experimental minimum-viable systems, privacy and novel temporalities.