stainless steel, custom digital clock, museum glass, electronics, taxidermy cuckoo
H 100 × H 60 × D 15 cm
edition of 3 + 1 AP
This piece ‘Pünktlichkeit’ (punctuality) questions the stereotypically German trait of punctuality, where a digital clock shows the time in hours, minutes and milliseconds, moving in a dizzying blur of digits. And, as the viewer witnessses the passing of time, the cuckoo – the traditional symbol of German time keeping – observes the scene from above.
This piece was created for the typisch deutsch? (typical German?) solo exhibition at the MAKK in Cologne, where Sachs aims to reappraise cultural labels, to question stereotypes and open a discourse on German identity in the twenty-first century. Viewers are asked to contemplate German archetypes and clichés from a different perspective, questioning the very essence of what it means to be typisch deutsch.