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.
Name in spanish: La Medianoche del Año
Year of Creation: 2011
Technique: Plasma screen, computer, digital webcam, custom software
Dimensions: 55" LED Display
Edition: 6 copies + 1 AP
Keywords: indoor, generator, smoke, tracker, recorder.
Collections: Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) and private collectors.
Photo library (click to expand)
2014 - NC-arte, Bogotá, Colombia
2012 - Galería OMR, Mexico City, México
2012 - Bitforms gallery, New York City, United States
2011 - Antimodular Research
2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia



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