The Clocks

Director: Ecem Arslanay & Yiğit Tanel Kaçar

Turkey, 2020



“The Clocks” is a film adapted from Ecem Arslanay’s essay titled ‘Büyük Saat, Küçük Saat, İleri Saat, Geri Saat, Yukarı Saat, Aşağı Saat / Big Clock, Small Clock, Forward Clock, Backward Clock, Up Clock, Down Clock’ (2019) published in Manifold magazine. It is a visual mixture of directors’ footage, various works of art from different periods and advertising visuals of various consumer products. It deals with the climate crisis through the concept of time and acts as a poetic warning.

About Director

Ecem Arslanay: Born in 1988 in Izmir, Turkey. She studied interior architecture at Bilkent University with a scholarship. She worked in freelance projects and stage design projects under different agencies. Completing her MA in “History, Theory and Criticism in Architecture” at Bilgi University, where she also taught as a part-time lecturer. She has put forward many texts on art, design and architecture for various publications. She worked as the production designer in the feature film “The Connected” (2021). Currently, she pursues her PhD studies in Architecture at Izmir University of Democracy, with a government scholarship. She is a member of AICA International Art Critics Association.

Yiğit Tanel Kaçar: Born in 1988 in Naples, Italy. He studied Photography and Video at Bahçeşehir University with a scholarship. He was selected as a participant for George Georgiou’s documentary photography workshop which was organised by International Summer School of Photography. He participated in the ”Middle Town Project: Picturing The Unspectacular’’ carried out with the partnership of PARADOX, GAPO, I.S.S.P. and Tandem. Focusing on his personal projects, he took part in domestic and international art workshops, group exhibitions and festivals. He is still working on his visual projects and also producing music under the name “9VSS”.


Camera: Yiğit Tanel Kaçar & Ecem Arslanay

Editing: Yiğit Tanel Kaçar

Sound: Yiğit Tanel Kaçar

Music: Yiğit Tanel Kaçar (9VSS)

Producer: Ecem Arslanay & Yiğit Tanel Kaçar