Héctor Serrano | Digital Downtime
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Lab, Slow Tech

Digital Downtime

Slow Tech

Part of the show curated by Henrietta Thompson and produced by Protein.


At the start of every day the face of the Screen Time watch is a perfect white circle. Over the course of the day the watch connects via wi-fi or 3G to the internet, retrieving Twitter, Facebook, email activity in real-time, eventually clocking up a pie-chart of the hours and minutes spent on each. Every time the user accesses one of these on their tablet or any other device, the watch starts counting. It stops when the user logs out of their account or hides the related window. A highly low tech watch, all mechanisms are analogue. Taking as its starting point the fact that time is now considered the ultimate luxury, the watch raises awareness about how much time is left in each day for real social interaction. In this ever less private ‘brave new world’, would we really be happy to display on our wrists quite how we divide our days?