“Thomas Baumann’s works present mechanical processes that serve to dismantle hierarchies that exist between material components and functions. Baumann reflects on the divergence between the industrial and post-industrial age, and between Fordist and post-Fordist manufacturing processes by questioning how traditional perceptions of time have changed with regard to mechanical production. In his works, Baumann deconstructs the precision manufacturing techniques that have come to define mechanical processes since the industrial revolution in the 19th century, in order to detach the individual objects from their actual functions and assign them new ones.
In his work “Untitled”, he uses discarded industrial clocks from schools, offices and train stations as a symbol for individuals’ changing understanding of space and time in the post-industrial era. Whether square or round, Baumann strips away all but the modernistic shape of the clocks, removing the mechanism and display, and breaking the glass. This appears like an act of destruction, but the glass is in fact cracked with great precision – a reference to the clocks’ former purpose. The glass is broken meticulously in order to obtain specific fractures, ranging from rough broken pieces to small, bullet-hole-like perforations. In doing this, Baumann also examines the history of the past century in a diachronic manner, representing its conflicts in the form of breaks.” (Text by Walter Seidl in English translation by Mandana Taban; excerpt from the press release)
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