To The Minute Unknown


To The Minute Unknown transforms a broken light post into a sundial-inspired, 24hr video surveilled timepiece, contrasting organic time-keeping with technological punctuality.

Long before every residence owned their own timepiece, locals would go to the nearby public square to tell time from the clock tower and sync up their activities for the day. For early urban planners, the clock tower became ubiquitous with the public square’s design and function, making it a staple of everyday life.

To The Minute Unknown is one part intervention and one part video installation. The work begins by harnessing the earliest form of public timekeeping – the sundial – and transforms a broken light post into a 24hr video surveilled timepiece. The work continues as viewers enter a nearby business where the live footage streams on a small mounted tablet screen – functioning as a wall clock. The lack of time-keeping precision from the sundial contrasts against the contemporary reality of technological punctuality and the burden thereof.


Artist: Emily DiCarlo

BIO: Emily DiCarlo is a Toronto-based visual artist who works across all mediums. She has exhibited her work both locally and abroad including, but not limited to: MU artspace (Eindhoven, NL), NXNE Music Festival, Artscape Youngplace, Lakeshore Arts (Toronto, CA), The Orthodox Academy (Crete, EL), L’Oeil de Poisson (Quebec City, CA), and The Hungarian Museum of Travel and Tourism (Budapest, HU).

She has presented her theories and criticisms as part of the 14th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (Monte Verde, CR), International Artist-in-Residency Summer Program organized by the Hungarian Multicultural Centre (Budapest, HU) and the 16th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) at the University of Edinburgh. Her writing has been published in 1W3KND: On Social Practice and Collaboration, 48 Hours at a Time (Broken City Lab) and artist book Hydra Era (L’Œil de Poisson).

“My creative practice focuses on both personal and collective issues of time and duration, travel and displacement, and the transformative power of the gesture. By manipulating the ephemeral, framing the durational and ongoing, and highlighting the displaced, the lost and the absent, I seek to uncover the absurdity and faulty poetics of the human condition.” – Emily DiCarlo

www.emilydicarlo.com | www.set-together.ca