"How can we abstract a clock?" The teacher's question was interesting, but going further we can ask ourselves "what exactly is time"?

During the course "Programming Interactive Object 1" I investigated the properties of time, and I created an experimental representation of it.

Project type
School Project
Matteo Loglio


Momentum is a clock that doesn't aim to give the viewer an informative representation of time. It's a representation of how events and moments interact, and link together.

If we think of ourselves 10 years ago: what brought us here? Do we remember every second, minute and hour, or we remember the most relevant events that brought us where we are?

Momentum is not just a random representation. It's divided in three sectors, each one displaying the current amount of hours, minutes and seconds with the use of special dots. These dots are bouncing inside the boundaries of a path, that (if shown) informs the user on what they represent. Once the hours, minutes or seconds change, a dot is added, and when they get closer they create links together. The paths can be hidden in order to enjoy the representation.

This project was done using Processing and some image manipulation with Photoshop.

The paths may be visible or invisible, and they inform the user on what they're indicating.

Research phase

Clocks are usually devices that –using screens, dials and gauges– represent time in a readable and efficient way. We usually use them to calculate our relation with our tasks, appointments, surrounding society and services (am I late for the bus?).

Although time have some fixed properties (hours, minutes and seconds) it is in many ways relative to some geo-related factors (like what time is it now in Kuala Lumpur?), and we adjust it to to be aligned with our life cycles (day/night) and seasonal needs.

But what's the other factors that define time in our lives? Thanks to time we build up relations, we experience phenomenons, and we have memory.

I decided then to focus on these aspects in order to represent time, and I ended up with an unreadable clock but a great representation of what our experience with time is like: connected moments that link together in something that is more than the just the sum of its parts.