Burrinja Foyer

IAN the time machine


The physicist Brian Greene says, "The bottom line is that TIME TRAVEL is allow by the laws of physics." Artist Cameron Semmens wanted to allow that possibility through this fun, fully interactive time machine called IAN – wholly powered by imagination.

There are dials to turn, buttons to press, levers to pull and children are invited to imagine themselves as babies, as teenagers, as adults and even beyond death – to travel through the potentials of their life... and maybe to dream some dreams never before dreamt.

Ian is created out of recycled retro tech, cardboard and gaffer tape. He is 12 foot long, 5 foot high and contains 8 control/play panels, 49 digital clock-radios and a central control unit with toy-stick and 'time helmet'. Ian is a marvellous monstrosity of manic play potentials!

You maybe wonder why this time machine is called IAN. Well, IAN mashes time together, so you could call him a 'time-mash IAN'!!!! (Get it?)

And Pablo Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real". So lets get imagining! And lets get real!!! (BYO flux capacitor).


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