Allison Chan
(b. 1995, Honolulu) Designer, artist, cook, and sometimes farmer from the Pacific Northwest, based in Northern California. Devoted to nurturing slowness, deep flavor, and communal abundance in all areas of life.
Select Clients
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Permanent AgricultureIDEO CoLab
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Design Festival Google
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Kamaya, Kamiyama, Japan
Chez Panisse, Berkeley
Joodooboo, Oakland
Ramen Shop, Oakland
Jo’s Modern Thai, Oakland

Time Portraitures

A pair of slow clocks: one that stops when looked at, another submerged in gooey oil. Each loses momentum the more it labors. Dormant at first, a pulse can only be discerned if you give it time and listen closely.

Exhibited at the School for Poetic Computation. Featured in Creative Applications.


Left: A large, unmarked clock veiled in black velvet. Its face and hands are hidden from view, but a soft ticking can be heard if you listen closely.

Right: the same clock, unveiled. Triggered by a light sensor, the hands stop ticking, and the clock is idle. The current time is unknown.

A smaller, unmarked clock partially filled with mineral oil. With each revolution, the viscosity of the oil slows the hands down. The current time is unknown.