Gabey Tjon A Tham – If/Then
Every day, we are surrounded by machines and technological systems that have their very own internal clocks. The Hague based installation artist Gabey Tjon a Tham returns to TodaysArt with her new installation If/Then, with which she aims to make sense of these non-human systems of time we constantly interact with.
Our human perception of time is radically different than the workings of computational time: we perceive time in a subjective and fluid way, while computer time and rules are measurable in strict and miniaturized sequences and programmed units. Inspired by quantum mechanics theory and code architecture functions, Gabey tries to reimagine a fundamental conditional statement ‘If/Then’ by implementing a natural, fluid element – water – in its execution process.
With her research, Gabey aims to grasp our experience of digital time by looking at the similarities between how we and computers think. The If/Then statement is used in computer programming to create a decision structure: if A happens, then B or C is executed. By adding fluid to these rigid decisions systems, Gabey opens up new and unexpected outcomes and interactions within digital systems. If/Then investigates a more flexible way of experiencing computational time that is closer to our own perception.
Software design & development: Marcus Graf, Pandelis Diamantides, Amr Ranneh
Special thanks: Tatiana Kolganova, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Bram Vreven, Erwin van Asbeck, Aurèle Adam, Thim Zuidwijk, Wim Uijttewaal, Aidan Wyber, Nabi Kambiz, Luuk Meints