Uji is a radically different way of looking at, and thinking about time. By projecting the self through the physical expression of our heartbeat, we can begin to understand ourselves as existing ‘for the time being’. By removing seconds, minutes and hours – yet still utilising the design archetype of the wall clock – we can infuse zen philosophies of time in an object that provokes a meditation on what it means to be in time, rather than passing through it or anticipating it.
As a piece of critical design, it questions the role of a ‘death-clock’ as being a timepiece that simply counts down the time to your death. Uji presents a refined simplicity through action - and eventual inaction - which is far more appropriate and symbolic. Gently asserting, that any object that provokes a reflection on mortality should provide many shades of interpretation and demonstrate that life is not represented best by the past or future, but the ever-present now.