Have you ever wanted to enter a time machine? Would you travel back in time or into the future? What time period would you visit?
In a few short days you will be able to enter a time machine in the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. As part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) an interactive time machine is being constructed at the Kimmel Center. The machine stretches 100 feet long and 16 feet in diameter and will be open and free to visit from March 28-April 27.
Entering the Time Machine allows you to experience the past, present and future and view science, technology and art from a new perspective. I recently spoke with Jay Wahl, Director of Public Events and Festival Partnerships for the Kimmel Center, who shared insights about the Time Machine.
“What is a time machine? It’s technology we invent to subvert or enhance biology. Biologically we seem to go one way in relationship to time, so we invent this piece of technology, this piece of magic, which helps us challenge that,” Wahl explained.
The design of the machine was inspired after DNA, which the double helix shape of the machine reflects. “DNA is the ultimate time capsule, it stores information for the future and moves it forward for future generations,” said Wahl.
Here’s a video to give you an idea of what the Time Machine has in store for you:
The Time Machine takes information and carries it through humanity, according to Wahl. Art was the first way that humans conveyed information to future generations, starting with cave drawings and continuing today, with art ranging from digital art to graffiti. “Art tells us where we were and art tells us where we are going.”
Wahl gave the example of people posting on Facebook today as being similar to cave drawings. “It’s a human principle that we need to leave our mark. We need to measure our existence in our presence.”
One interesting part of the time machine is “The Last 30 Seconds on Earth.” Wahl explained that if you plotted the history of Earth on a 24 hour day, humanity only appears in the last 30 seconds.
Time will also be celebrated nightly (Tuesday through Sunday) at 7:00 and 10:30 in the lobby of the Kimmel Center with a free musical show, “Flash of Time,” showing how humanity is connected through time. “The art installation becomes a stage,” described Wahl.
Check out these photos of the Time Machine under construction:
To visit the Time Machine, head to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and enter the machine in the lobby. You’ll begin a journey through lights, sound and video. You’ll be able to leave your mark in history in the machine. Computers will be available for you to design your own journey through time.
PIFA events will take place all over Philadelphia during the festival with different organizations displaying exhibits from certain periods of time. For example, the Please Touch Museum will be hosting exhibits related to the 1876 US Centennial celebration.
For more information about the time machine, visit Time Machine Plaza website.
Also be sure to check out PIFA’s Tumblr page where artists will be holding weekly Hangouts.
Would you like to visit the Time Machine? What time period would you visit? Would you prefer to visit the past or get a peek at the future? Let us know in the Comments section below!
*** Time Machine photos courtesy of Evelyn Taylor