The Year's Midnight

"The Year's Midnight" is an interactive installation that shows the viewers' image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white or black smoke that emanate from their eye sockets until the whole display is filled with a dense smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy. The project's name is the beginning of John Donne's "A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day, Being the Shortest Day", a mournful poem which inspires this work.

General info

Spanish name:
La Medianoche del Año
Year of creation:
2011
Technique:
display, computer, digital webcam, custom software
Dimensions:
55in display
Edition:
6 copies + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Stephan Schulz, Guillaume Tremblay, Tyson Parks - production support
  • Seeing Machines - FaceAPI tracking engine

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