Temporary Hours is a time-based poem that slowly reveals itself over the course of a work day. Initially encrypted and stored as handwritten code in a paper zine, the site becomes legible only after a user manually and laboriously programs the piece as instructed. Once it is successfully transcribed and hosted on a local server, the poem generates a new line of text every hour from 9AM to 2AM, conjuring excerpts of the internal monolog of an aging immigrant worker. Rendered invisible by a system that optimizes and exploits them, the laborer ponders their life of diligence and silence, their failed personal aspirations, and their distant family overseas.

UPDATED 11.20.22, 18:40 ET