As part of his ongoing Interview Project, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed Danny Hillis, creator of The Clock of the Long Now, at ForYourArt’s 6020 Wilshire Blvd. space. The event was free with reservations and broadcast by KCHUNG Radio.
The evening’s discussion brought together two projects concerned with both time and memory. The Institute of the 21st Century reflects a desire to preserve Obrist’s interviews with those who have impacted contemporary culture and to defend against their being forgotten. Over 2,500 hours worth of these discussions and interviews have already been recorded over the course of two decades.
Continuing this series, Obrist interviewed Hillis, a polymathic inventor, computer engineer, and designer/inventor of the Long Now Foundation’s 10,000 Year Clock. Both the clock and the foundation are meant to increase our awareness of time and change the way we view “now”. “Now” is not just this hour or this day, but can have a broader sense. Civilization is around 10,000 years old today, so the significance of the clock is that the its future is equivalent to our past.
This event took place on July 30, 2012.
Download the zine, produced specially for the event, here.