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As part of ALLGOLD’s commencement celebration on Sunday, September 20th, 2015, Avant.org presented Taeyoon Choi and E Roon Kang’s In Search of Personalized Time at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop, coinciding with the close of Printed Matter’s 10th annual New York Art Book Fair.

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Choi & Kang’s multimodal project theorizes and documents the concept of subjective time, placing it in contrast with modern deference to human synchronization. Realized most recently as a participatory performance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), their project works to emphasize our perpetual displacement from Newtonian convention, so-called absolute time. In the artist’s words, the project is “an attempt to live unreal time in a real-time world.”

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For this event, selected volunteers were asked to document their day using “personal timekeeper” devices engineered by Choi and Kang, the results of which will be incorporated into a forthcoming book via Avant.org. After syncing the devices to their personal clocks, the volunteers were asked to spend the afternoon on a “scavenger hunt for time,” taking the Art Book Fair as an opportunity to begin new conversations about their sense of lived time and the significance of publication as an act of preserving a particular moment. Volunteers were then asked to return to the Print Shop at a scheduled point, but referring to their personally calibrated clock, returned at staggered, incongruent intervals. Upon returning, the “time travelers” joined an ongoing, asynchronous discussion of their experiences, documentation of which will be included in the forthcoming book.



Setting the tone for Choi & Kang’s architected moment of personal time, Avant.org editor Sam Silver also performed an hour-long improvisational sound collage, broadcast live on ALLGOLD radio. Silver’s mix considers related themes: elongated moments, repetitive figures, drones, melodic patterns,(non)-quantized rhythm, and now acts as a kind of sonic record of the days events, available to stream in full below:



  • Donato Dozzy & Nuel - Aqua 5 - The Aquaplano Sessions (Spectrum Spools, 2014)
  • Oz Fritz - Bell Of Sacre Couer/Showtime At Giza - All Around The World (Sub Rosa, 2004)
  • Maggi Payne - Shimmer - Ahh-Ahh - Music for Ed Tannenbaum’s Technological Feets 1984-1987 (Root Strata, 2012)
  • M. Geddes Gengras - Ishi - Ishi (Leaving Records, 2014)
  • Tomáš Dvořák - The Glasshouse With Butterfly - Machinarium Soundtrack (2009)
  • William S. Burroughs - Present Time Exercises - Break Through In Grey Room (1994)
  • Jordan De La Sierra - Music for Gymnastics - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose - Music for the Well-Tuned Piano (1978) [Numero Group, 2014 re-release]
  • Kenji Kawai - Floating Museum - Ghost In The Shell OST (1995)
  • Eric Lanham - 21:00 - The Sincere interruption (Spectrum Spools, 2012)
  • Ahnnu - Gala - World Music (Leaving Records, 2013)
  • Disasterpeace - Mystic Maze - Famaze (2013)
  • Yoshio Ojima - Les Trois Graces - Une Collection des Chainons II (1988)
  • Pole - Fragen - CD 1 (Kiff SM, 1998)
  • File Under Toner - moi non plus - This Is The End, Beautiful Friend (hazard records, 2008)
  • Laraaji - Lotus Collage (Side A) - Lotus Collage (1978) [2015 Leaving Records re-release, All in One Peace]
  • Gamelan Pacifica - In a Landscape [John Cage] - Trance Gong (1995)
  • The Advisory Circle - Erosion of Time - Other Channels (Ghost Box, 2008)
  • Broadcast - Anima di Cristo - Berberian Sound Studio (Warp, 2013)
  • Ahnnu - The Racer - Perception (Leaving Records, 2015)
  • Yuu Miyake - Lovely Angel - Katamari Damacy OST (2004)
  • Emptyset - Instant - Recur (Raster-Noton, 2013)
  • The Advisory Circle - Sundial - Other Channels (Ghost Box, 2008)
  • Pixel - Plumb Bob - Mantle (Raster-Noton, 2013)
  • Gnawa Music of Marrakesh - Tramin - Night Spirit Masters (Axiom, 1990)
  • Ahnnu - Elastic - Perception (Leaving Records, 2015)
  • Eleh - Black - Homage to the Square Wave - (Taiga, 2008)
  • Touch 25 - Actual Time Of Arrival - Touch 25 - (2006)
  • Robert Stevenson - It’s About Time - Musicworks #29 - Times & Tides (1985)
  • The Cyclist - Mangel - Bones in Motion (Leaving Records, 2013)
  • Disasterpeace - Lakeward - It Follows OST (2015)
  • Ben Babbitt - Bureau of Reclaimed Spaces - Kentucky Route Zero, Act II (2013)
  • Luke Vibert - Welcome (Intro) - Big Soup (Mo Wax, 1997)
  • Disasterpeace - Puzzle - FEZ (2012)
  • Steve Moore - Deep Time - Pangaea Ultima (Spectrum Spools, 2013)
  • Brett Naucke - Seed - Seed - Spectrum Spools (2014)
  • Kitaro - Rising Sun - Oasis (1979)
  • Père Marie Dominique Joseph Engramelle - Balbastre’s romance (1778) - Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980 (Dust-to-Digital, 2012)
  • Ben Babbitt - Nameless Interiors - Kentucky Route Zero, Act II (2013)


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Taeyoon Choi makes art with electronic circuits, drawing, storytelling and interventions in public space. Taeyoon often collaborates with other artists and activists to realize socially engaged projects and participatory experiences. He has served as a committee member for The Public School New York and fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. He is the co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation, an artist run school with the motto “More Poems, Less Demos” based in New York City, where he teaches electronics and other topics. Recently, he has curated exhibitions and education programs for the Anyang Public Art Festival in South Korea, where he directed Making Lab, a makerspace focusing on artist-community collaboration. Taeyoon lives in Brooklyn.

E Roon Kang lives and works in New York, where he operates Math Practice, an interdisciplinary design studio interested in studying, evaluating, and criticizing complex systems, as well as the consequential pointlessness of the pursuit of efficiency. E Roon is a TED Fellow, and was previously a research fellow at SENSEable City Laboratory of MIT. His work has been shown at places including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Seattle Public Library, and Architectural League of New York. He won the NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in 2010. E Roon has taught “Aesthetics of Automation” in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, taught design at SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale.