The exhibition addresses the way in which clocks are supposed to tell and keep time, presenting twelve official clocks originally installed at the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main. Detached from their point of origin and their usual purpose, these luminous, cube-shaped objects are temporarily integrated into the ICI Library, a space of books and media. The pulses of the clocks’ hands are quietly audible in the course of their rhythmic movements.

The total number of dials (two per clock) corresponds to the 24 hours of a day – but instead of keeping time, they display entirely unfamiliar flows of time. Each clock is programmed individually, and hence they are not synchronized with one another. The ensemble of clocks thus no longer measures real time and they are stripped of their usual function of guiding passengers through timetables and journeys. Instead, they offer new variations of time and destabilize the viewer’s perception.


Franziska and Sophia Hoffmann have been working together on mixed media installations as well as film and video projects since 2003. Questions regarding social processes, urban landscapes, and emerging technologies play an important role in their work. Found objects and technical devices are often revalued and transferred into new settings. 

Both sisters have studied at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, and the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. Currently they are teaching in the New Media department at the Technische Universität Dresden and curating film and video screenings at Motorenhalle Dresden.

Selected exhibitions: Orangerie/Englischer Garten (Munich, 2017), Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden, 2017), GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Leipzig, 2016-17), RischArt – Central Station (Munich, 2015), Film-Funk-Fernseh-Zentrum (Düsseldorf, 2014), Art of Engineering Ferchau AG (Gummersbach, 2012), Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz (Dresden, 2011), Grabado Contemporaneo (Santa Cruz, Tenerife, 2011), Diamantenbörse (Frankfurt am Main, 2011), Columbus Art Foundation, HALLE 14 (Leipzig, 2010), Bruch & Dallas (Cologne, 2009), ACC Galerie (Weimar, 2008), Department Store (Chicago, 2008), Playspace Gallery at CCA (San Francisco, 2007), Paço das Artes (São Paulo, 2007)


Franziska and Sophia Hoffmann

Organized by

Claudia Peppel

Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017, 19:30

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018, 18:00

Opening Hours:
Tue: 11:00 – 19:00
Wed and Thu: 11:00 – 16:00
Friday: by appointment

The art installation will be on display from 5 December 2017 to 11 January 2018 in the ICI Library.

The event, like all events at the ICI Berlin, is open to the public, free of charge. The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin. If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact Event Management.