Dan Alley - Sculpture
Dam Cubed
Silkscreen on Wood
12.8394707 in. x12.8394707 in. x 12.8394707 in.
Dam Cubed
Silkscreen on Wood
12.8394707 in. x12.8394707 in. x 12.8394707 in.Dam Cubed
Silkscreen on Wood
12.8394707 in. x12.8394707 in. x 12.8394707 in.
Dam Cubed
The motum is the unit of measure we would be using if the logic the meter was built on, extrapolating a distance from the most advanced technology available, was applied continuously. It is a playfully serious attempt to recognize the way we quantify the world. A motum is equal to the length of the path traveled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of one period of radiation, corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom. This is derived from the speed at which light travels divided by the way atomic time is kept. The motum fulfills every function of a working standard today. As an added benefit the motum describes naturally existing constants already present in our universe and therefore replaces the precisely defined yet arbitrary units of length currently in circulation. This measurement directly correlates to every aspect of the human experience, from the atomic scale to calculating the distance between galaxies, making it more adaptable for the future. The dam is ten motums (moti). ‘da’ comes from deca (10) and ‘m’ from moti. In the piece, the Dam3 the dam rulers are modeled after cheaply produced measurement sticks that every school child is required to have. This piece is an attempt to disseminate the new ‘dam’ unit of measure.
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