Harvard Time Capsule 2020

  • <p>When one walks up to the piece, they will see their image reflected back at them. When they step away, a portion of their interaction will replay, then be added to the <em>Time Capsule</em>.</p> <p>Direct wide frontal shot of the artist, BREAKFAST, with his back turned, interacting with the three panels in the Atrium with arms spread wide apart.</p>

Harvard Time Capsule 2020

Location: Harvard Science and Engineering Complex, 150 Western Ave., Boston

Located in the Harvard Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), Time Capsule is a one-of-a-kind feat of technology and public art. A hybrid between a mirror and a movie screen, three panels capture, imitate, and preserve the movements of all who come in and out of the SEC's glistening main atrium.

Time Capsule is a kinetic art installation created by Andrew Zolty and Mattias Gunneras of BREAKFAST Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

The installation, commissioned by Harvard University, invites guests to make movements in front of three mounted panels. Each panel, roughly the size of a large TV screen, contains innumerable "flip discs'" controlled by electromagnets. As visitors move in front of the camera, electromagnets replicate and rotate the flip discs, reflecting the movement back to the viewer. Software records these movements and anonymously displays them to those who interact afterwards.

As time goes on, hundreds and thousands of movements are recorded and displayed for all to see. Time Capsule captures the fabric of life in the SEC, immortalizing students, faculty, and visitors in an interactive, kinetic archive.

  • <p><em>Harvard Time Capsule</em> is made of Flip-Discs — a medium developed by BREAKFAST which uses electromagnets to rotate the physical pixels from one side to another.</p> <p>A close angled shot of one of the panels while it rotates some of the flip discs via electromagnet as a result of someone's interaction with it.</p>
  • <p>A group of visitors walk by Time Capsule, their movements captured and reflected back to them from blue, green, and yellow physical pixels.</p>
  • <p>Wide-angle shot of all three panels looking down a short hallway. The closest panel is illuminated blue and gold with the image of a person waving away.</p>

BREAKFAST, founded in 2009, marries the worlds of science and art to create interactive installations connecting people over great distances in an intimate way. Their "Flip Discs" series has been exhibited all over the world, from Moscow, Russia to the Houston Space Center. Each installation reflects and contains movements from those who interact with it, connecting art-lovers worldwide through electromagnetic energy.

  • Harvard Time Capsule (Interactive Kinetic Public Art)

  • <p>Home to the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the building is a living laboratory for world-class, interdisciplinary research, learning, and innovation.</p> <p>The Harvard Science and Engineering Complex is framed by a vivid sunset.</p>

Harvard Science and Engineering Complex

Home to the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Science and Engineering Complex is a 544,000-sf building designed by Behnisch Architekten to foster a sense of community—one that feels fluid, open, and accessible. It houses Bioengineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Data Science, and Computational Science and Engineering programs along with most SEAS administrative offices. Equipped with an environmentally efficient exoskeleton that regulates its internal temperature, the building represents innovations of science, engineering, and design.

The SEC is open Monday–Friday, 7:00am-7:00pm, and has a cafe and public restrooms.

  • Harvard Time Capsule 2020