His studio functions mainly as a place for developing ideas and reflecting on time. “The subject is multi-faceted and has an inherent vitality. Time is ever changing and has a fascinating history – beginning with sundials right up to modern atomic clocks.” At the moment he is working on a clock that reflects the position of the moon in relation to the sun. “It’s about where the moon is visible at a given time. I’m interested in the position of the earth, the sun and the moon in relation to one another – in terms of latitude and longitude.” It is evident that Alainpers has internalized time, his subject, and approaches it from a scientific perspective.
He has acquired the requisite knowledge over the years. Alainpers is actually an electrical engineer by profession. After completing his studies, he worked in aviation, which was followed by a career as an industrial designer. “This job change was a catalyst in my life. In the industrial sector, you work with narrow and rigid constraints. Design is freer.” But he still felt that the performance specifications in this sector placed too many restrictions on him. Originally from central France, the engineer then enrolled at an art school and started his own business once he had qualified. “I have enjoyed creating objects ever since I was a child. Now the only boundaries are those set by technology and myself.