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SpAceThyme

spacetime light

 

2006

mixed technique 64x43x4 cm (LED internally lit)

Dedicated to Albert Einstein (and subsequently to Lee Smolin)

 

 

 

 With the scientific community’s acceptance of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the concept of absolute space and time, separated from each other, has been demolished and replaced with the concept of ‘spacetime’, in which there is not a privileged reference system, and where for each event the spatial and temporal coordinates are related to each other in function of the relative position of the observer.

To depict this reinterpretation of the concept of spacetime, it might have been enough to resort to a playing card – the Ace specifically – and a sprig of thyme, inserted in the space where the ace has been cut out. SpAce and Thime combined: one wonders why Einstein did not think of it.