This runs on (and is concerned with) the history of Swatch Internet Time and the conceptual children’s nation, Nation.1. The work displays different elements depending at what time in the Swatch day that you visit it.
We’re learning to apply historical meter to the dynamic noise of the WWW, the loss of ‘kairological’ time to the increasingly granular grid of work time, and how to schedule a meeting across the globe. This work also concerns the architect Nicholas Negroponte, an effective techno-utopian who was the catalyst for Nation.1 and, a little later, the One Laptop per Child program — both projects rooted in the type of ‘superstructural better world’ vision of the internet that we’re starting to jettison as unworkable or chimerical.
Swatch Internet Time (1998), standing for the ‘social-commercial’ cousin (or aspect) of this vision, called for the elimination of all timezones in favour of a day of a thousand beats, simultaneous across the world, oriented around Biel, Switzerland — home of Swatch. It’s a very simple call for human union, a metric-western wash, and a way to sell everyone new watches. All common design patterns for internet ‘products’.
The parliament of Nation1 took place on the Squeak Swiki platform, which was so prescient as to not only be a Wiki three years before Wikipedia, but also took for its logo a cat.