Leap Second Festival 2015 – 30 June 2015, 23:59:60 UTC


The festival is an open, global, free, distributed event for art, technology & precarity on the net. The festival starts 30. June 23:59:60 UTC and lasts 1 second until 1. July 00:00:00.

THIS SECOND LEAP SECOND FESTIVAL, the first one was held in 2012, sees 69 works worldwide, in as different media as would fit the special limitations of this event, from split-second movies and musical works, to conceptual-, instructional art, performance, and sculpture. Nontheless, these miniature works in size, often range in content as far beyond their formal limitation as the limits are limiting, reflecting the contrast in magnitude behind the idea and technique of the leap second –from the atomical to the astronomical– when adding an extra second to time as the earth wobbles in its rotation. And also reflecting on the irregularity and unpredictability of this drift as a sort of glitch in nature, given the recent technology to measure and process it precicely. Finally, a sense of precarity in all this, which encompasses global fragility, technological hubris, system-glitches from implementing leap seconds in computing; artistic self-precarization and, perhaps, self-consume as metaphors. For all these reasons an anti-event as well as an event.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Diana Ali, Sherwin Altarez Mapanoo, Marijke Appelman, William Bain, Daria Baiocchi, Domenico Barra, _blank, Francis Patrick Brady, BrowserBased Group, Brud, Christian Bøen, Ana Buigues, Anupong Charoenmitr, Anna Chatziioannidi, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Ezio Cicciarella, Nick Collins, Martin Conrads, Michael Davies, det0une (Edoardo Gaudieri), Josh Feigin, Cleber Gazana, Patty Hogan, Heidi Hörsturz, Jan-M. Iversen, Lau Ching Wa Jess, Amelia Johannes, Justyna Kabala, Timo Kahlen, Vasilis Karvounis, Rebecca Kadi, Yuko Katori, Ayshe Kizilçay, Vijay Kumar Sappatti, Danhua Ma, Rosa Macedo, Bjørn Magnhildøen, Natalia Matta-Landero, Brüno Melo, Karina Mitchell, Eden Mitsenmacher, Larissa Monteiro,Nenad Nedeljkov, Klaus Pinter, Theodora Prassa, Ria Puskas, Sandra Reyes Melnick, Eleonora Roaro, Nigel Roberts, Anja Christine Roß, s.a.b.a (Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu), Mauricio Sanhueza, Shivkumar K V, Sinquenza, Alan Sondheim, Jürgen Trautwein, Robin Vollmar, Thomas Wernberg, David Whitcraft, Hande Zerkin, Bodo Zwart, Malgorzata Zurada.

THE FULL PROGRAMME is available at
http://noemata.net/leapsec26/festival-programme.pdf (PDF)
http://noemata.net/leapsec26/programme/ (HTML)
http://noemata.net/leapsec26/festival-programme.doc (DOC)

The Leap Second Festival is a distributed, online festival lasting only one second, which means that all works will be exhibited and performed at the same time, 30. June 23:59:60 UTC, simultaneously during the leap second. The live feed will consist of all the works being available for broadcasting, and will last one second. Check what UTC time to get the correct time for the event in our timezone.
URL: http://noemata.net/leapsec26/live/

Many thanks to all participants making this curious event possible, and even real (as real as time gets)! Thanks also to Arts Council Norway (Art and New Technology), for the boldness of funding such a festival, despite the brevity and virtuality of the occasion. The festival is produced by Ars Publica / noemata and is curated & coordinated by Bjørn Magnhildøen. The future of the leap second is uncertain. The World Radiocommunication Conference will vote on abolishing the leap second later in 2015. Even so, The Leap Second Festival might prevail as other pagan celebrations of earth cycles.