The Clock

collaborating with clouds
to have access to that 360° view
i felt we were falling into the sky
we often said let’s not get used to this place

In the spring of 2020, Meg Stuart was invited by Haus der Kulturen der Welt to participate in the CC: World project. Various artists and researchers contributed personal letters, in the form of videos or essays, responding to the current state of the world. Stuart created four videos - The Lobby, Intermission, Overtime and The Clock - exploring our changing relationship to time, in dialogue with the retro-futurist architecture of the iconic HKW building in Berlin.

The Clock is an extended meditation on time and loss, a slow erasing. Movement is developed at length until it acquires a stillness and an elegiac quality. Wide-angle drone footage paints a dizzying view of the building’s curved rooftop underneath an ever-changing canopy of clouds. Five bodies are set in to motion by a penetrating sound score. Reaching towards the clouds, they seem to be falling backwards into the sky. Reaching for all those that have disappeared from our world this year, unseen, they seem to be falling backwards in time.

You can watch the videos on the HKW-website.


Choreography Meg Stuart
With Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Roger Sala Reyner, Isabela Fernandes Santana, Tiran Willemse and Sigal Zouk
Costumes Aino Laberenz
Music Hahn Rowe