Escapement Series

The Escapement series is built around the countless design variations of the escapement mechanism, the time regulating component in a mechanical clock. While these clocks will not tell the time in a traditional sense, their rhythmic strikes parse out duration as fluctuating tempos syncopate in and out of beat. This is like the calls of insects in a landscape - each employing a slightly different strategy to create sound, mark temporal intervals and project themselves into space. The suspended stones drive the mechanism, their decent is slowed to such a degree by the gear reduction that to human perception they appear as static, suspended bodies. However, nothing is ever in a complete state of rest and the stone’s decent, which is measured in hours or days, is harnessed to power the mechanisms. The three recorded escapement designs in this ongoing series are examples of the Verge, Deadbeat and Pinwheel mechanisms.