Doing Time – Tehching Hsieh

Every hour, every day, for an entire year, Tehching Hsieh photographed himself on 16mm film at his punchcard machine. He consigned himself to a temporal leash, able to stray no farther than thirty minutes from his punchcard machine, be it for groceries, or for sleep. At the end of the year (1981) he made a movie, running 24 frames per second, lasting 365 seconds, documenting his feat of chronocritical discipline. Seen here is the proof and product of his labor.

Doing Time at the Prison Palace (Palazzo delle Prigioni).



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