The ClockClock project was started in 2008 by Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff at university and since then, Per and Bastian have been working together under the artist name Humans since 1982. Inspired by the question “How to shape time”, the duo experimented with analog clock hands that would depict a changing, moving typography, and showed a mock-up to an electrical engineer at Ericsson, Australian David Cox. Cox helped the duo develop a prototype in just one month, in Emanuelsson’s tiny dorm basement. It was a major turning point. A curator of auction house Phillips de Pury snapped it up, took it to Saatchi Gallery London, and sold one to a Russian oligarch. Selling on the art market in a highly limited edition, they started to earn real money from their original artwork The Clock Clock and employed extra people in the studio to help with production. With The Clock Clock’s eased successor model, the ClockClock 24, Humans since 1982 accepted their friend’s request to make the unique concept available to a wider audience.
ClockClock 24 combines a unique concept, technical precision, and expert craftsmanship, resulting in the highest quality form. Each piece is produced and carefully assembled in Humans since 1982’s workshop in Stockholm, Sweden.
The studio Humans since 1982 is founded by Per Emanuelsson (b. 1982, Sweden) and Bastian Bischoff (b. 1982, Germany). Since meeting as postgraduate students at HDK Göteborg in 2008, the duo have pushed boundaries across art and design to produce works that defy easy categorisation. Through experiential installations and provocative object-making, Humans since 1982 explore themes of privacy, religious symbolism, preservation, and time. Their work manages to be logical with a healthy dose of escapism.