About Clock 52

10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Montfort et al) is a work related to, if not directly in, the field of "Platform Studies," focusing on the cultural and physical context surrounding programs and other technological artifacts.

The title of the book is a one-liner which, on the Commodore 64 personal computer, produces a scrolling, maze-like display. I've adapted the program to the context of this art project, forcing the maze onto the circularly symmetric face of a clock. In accord with my general desire not to depend on random number generators to produce interesting variation in the clocks, tiny agents bounce around in what begins as a homogeneous maze, modifying the orientation of the walls they strike.

Once a second, a new row of walls is added to the clock, pushing out from the center. The new row of walls is homogenous, so that near the center of the clock there is a continuous contest between order and disorder.