Marta Beauchamp

On the TTFL series
Transcription translation feedback loop (TTFL) is a long-term project dealing with the translation of scientific findings into a system of objects and sounds. As well as reflecting on the act of translation, the project is inspired by the study of the circadian clock, a mechanism which regulates the rhythm of all living cells.



As a subject, the TTFL draws from a branch of biology which studies the ability of living organisms to keep track of time. The observation that biological rhythms exist in all life forms on the planet inspired researchers to search for a common denominator underlying these rhythms. They found evidence of a highly conserved system, known as the circadian clock, at a cellular level and described the essential components of this clockwork in a model they named TTFL.

One of the properties of the TTFL is that self-sufficiently generates rhythms; the works of TTFL part1 specifically deal with the self-organising properties of the circadian clock.



In the act of translation, a message is passed from one language into another. In TTFL part1, the scientific facts and research methodology concerning the self-sufficient properties of the circadian clock are translated into a language of tubes and synthesized sounds. In the very process of translation, TTFL becomes the method used to choose tubes and sounds from a wide archive of samples to specifically convey this body of knowledge.


The works of TTFL part1 place the observer between the inside and the outside of the clock, between a scientific model and a scientific method, between how it works and how one looks at it.

MB – 23.04.2021