The 25th time zone


The 25th time zone is the internet's time zone, a new space-time of ubiquity and instantaneity, of memory and creation.

The 24 time zones that we know are the result of a late XIXth century convention (resolution of the Conference of Washington in 1884) and which make it possible each geographical area to live at the rhythm of the sun while adopting a system of universal dating. Indeed if in each country one day does only last 24 hours, the absolute day lasts exactly 48 hours. There exists thus right in the middle of the Pacific, where start and finish the majority of the world maps, a line that we can simply cross and go up or go down the time of a whole day. This inter-temporal zone was selected for its distance to the earth's densest areas, geographically opposed to Greenwich.

The experiment of the " Jet Lag " is a well-known sensation for the travellers who physically feel the astronomical reality of their planet. Numerical technologies and particularly Internet brought a new dimension in this relationship to time by allowing the substitution of the physical flow by the numerical flow of information.
The global aspect of the network's development turns the Pacific meridian line's singularity into an international reality. It's the 25th time zone.

The 25th time zone does not correspond to a particular geographical area decided according to geographical or political conventions, it's a new space-time. It's possible to explore this potential and infinite virtual space and it's by exploring it that we make it real because this space is at the same time the expression of memory and the memory of expression.


The space compression by the displacement time from one point to the other.
 

The Internet vortex

The architecture of the French cultural centre is also based on the principle of the 25th time zone.
 

Its space is sliced into 25 strips, structuring its physical and numerical space.