The astounding Time Machines of Swiss artisan and expert engineer Florian Schlumpf captivate visitors at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva.
It takes true passion for time, art and mechanics to create what Florian Schlumpf creates…beautiful mechanical timepieces that fill the air with their harmonic sounds. But, one can definitely view such marvels. Thanks to the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, an installation of impressive kinetic art pieces designed and developed by Schlumpf is on view.
“I was always fascinated by machines that generate a rhythm” Florian Schlumpf says. “A rhythm without time does not exist. A simple pendulum is such a machine: it fascinates by its movement, by its gentle sound. The slower the rhythm, the more soothing its impact is on our emotions.” The goal, therefore, is necessarily not to measure time, but to be more mindful and meditative of its passing.
This curated collection of Time Machines encompasses the ideals of the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery with horological and kinetic aspects sure to stimulate the senses. As an engineer and an artist with degrees in both fields, Schlumpf has been creating installations exploring time and space since 1980. The collection thus encompasses his vast experience.
The Time Machines collection celebrates the traditional clock in a purely artistic manner. Each variation exposes the inner workings of the clock mechanism and places the motion of each gear, spring, and axle in the spotlight.
In addition to the skeletonized appearance, the Time Machines are hand-finished in eye-catching colour palettes of black, silver, copper, or gold, which enhance their modern architecture. Whether standing on its own or hanging on a wall, each kinetic sculpture transforms a space both visually and audibly.
Each kinetic sculpture provides an opportunity to perceive time by more than just marking the passage of hours, minutes, and seconds. A patient observer can digest unhurried intervals of time by focusing on the sound and motion of the animated clocks.
If you dare…
There is one piece which is the purest expression of this concept. It is a Time Machine that offers no time indication at all! One can indeed relax to the endless ticks and tocks of time passing!
Florian Schlumpf holds that “Good design is generated by perfect function. Function gives design. Design is not an overcoat for a functional body,” His work clearly demonstrates that!