June 15, 2024

Most European clocks are out of tune with pure time because the Second World Warfare, when nations like Spain selected Central European Time (CET) to align with their ally, Nazi Germany. It makes little sense for the West fo the Mediterranean to undertake a time that’s higher suited to Poland. Many advocate splitting Europe into 4 time zones based mostly on pure time; making certain the solar is at its highest at midday, however the established order appears very exhausting to maneuver.

It makes little sense for Poland and Spain to share the identical time zone. A map of European occasions from Wikimedia Commons.

One other nice level of competition are Daylight Saving insurance policies. They had been first launched to avoid wasting on coal throughout WWI, however don’t serve the supposed goal anymore. Right now, they’re very unpopular: in a 2018 survey, 84% of members needed to abolish the change between DST and Commonplace Time. However most of us are nonetheless caught with it, as the EU has left it as much as particular person nations to determine whether or not to stay with winter time or summer season.

Time zones and daylight saving time aren’t nearly what time we set our clocks to, however about our well being as properly. People are principally tuned to a circadian rhythm, an inner clock that is kind of aligned with daylight and darkish durations. When this chronological mechanism is rearranged, our organic tune falls out of sync with our social clocks – that’s, the schedule underneath which our societies function.

It’s a continent-wide, history-laden, politically charged, chronobiological puzzle. Right now’s visitors attempt to type the items:

Prof. Dietrich Henckel is a board member of the German Society for Time Coverage (DGfZP), and focuses on city and regional economics. His analysis covers city time constructions, time insurance policies and the influence of sunshine air pollution on cities. Prof. Henckel is acknowledged for his contributions to understanding how time and temporal dynamics have an effect on city environments and policy-making.

Dr. Imre Márton Reményi is a Budapest-born and Vienna-raised knowledgeable, with a various background starting from mechanical engineering to opera singing. He presently works as a coach, psychotherapist, and organizational marketing consultant, and is the president of the Austrian Burn-Out Society. He’s additionally the CEO of Systemisches Institut Wien.

James Irons is a UK and Vienna-based comic {and professional} actor who has performed and appeared in a number of roles, together with on the Open Home Theatre in Vienna. He started his profession with the podcast theatre group in the UK, and moved to Austria two years later. He was an assistant director for the play The Invisible Hand of the Vienna Theatre Mission.

We meet with them on the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna

Artistic crew

Réka Kinga Papp, editor-in-chief
Merve Akyel, artwork director
Szilvia Pintér, producer
Zsófia Gabriella Papp, govt producer
Margarita Lechner, writer-editor
Salma Shaka, writer-editor
Priyanka Hutschenreiter, venture assistant


Hermann Riessner managing director
Judit Csikós venture supervisor
Csilla Nagyné Kardos, workplace administration


Senad Hergić producer
Leah Hochedlinger video recording
Marlena Stolze video recording
Clemens Schmiedbauer video recording
Richard Brusek sound recording

Video Crew Budapest

Nóra Ruszkai, sound engineering
Gergely Áron Pápai, images
László Halász, images


Nóra Ruszkai, lead video editor
Kateryna Kuzmenko dialogue editor


Victor Maria Lima, animation
Cornelia Frischauf, theme music

Captions and subtitles

Julia Sobota, Daniela Univazo, Mars Zaslavsky, Marta Ferdebar, Olena Yermakova, Farah Ayyash

Hosted by The Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna


Daylight Saving Time and Synthetic Time Zones – A Battle Between Organic and Social Instances by Until Roenneberg, Eva C. Winnebeck, and Eva C. Winnebeck, Frontiers in Physiology.

When will the EU finish seasonal clock adjustments? Solely time will inform. by Alice Tidey, Euronews.

Do colleges kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson , TED


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