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.
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.
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.