“Tik-tak” installation was inspired by the continuous intervention in cultural buildings in cities like Durres and Tirana, the values and cultural heritage of which, are experiencing constant contraction. The “old” and the tradition are named as worthless and “out of order” and are replaced immediately with the “new” which doesn’t have neither history or identity.
Two events served as an inspiration to create “Tik-tak”: the demolition of the National Theater and lastly, the tower rising near the Clocktower.
To make this installation come to life, I have chosen the Clocktower as a symbol, which is the identifying element of Tirana, and put two heavy steel rods. Apart from the hands, these rods face their own weight. Intentionally, the numbers that show the clock are not present and this is interpreted as another symbol connected to the clear message: If we continue intervening cautiously in these buildings and in other important structures with great historic value, we harm not only their identity, but also the memories, the time and the history.
I wish the hands to move again.