Countdown, 2017, single-channel video installation.
In Countdown, a flashing 3-digit numeric sequence continually counts down:
5 5 5 — 4 4 4 — 3 3 3 — 2 2 2 — 1 1 1
The timing of each flashing digit is slightly off-set from the others (59, 60, & 61 beats per minute).
This forms a slow, cyclical, and evenly modulated pattern that drifts in-and-out of sync over the span
of five minutes. This migration of quasi-coordinates provides an odd mixture of sensations and
recollections. The encounter simulates the anticipation and anxiety of an impending detonation or
launch. The assumed immanence of an unknown, soon-to-come event is alarming. Yet the off-set
countdown continues to revolve; technically, nothing happens. What’s more, the rhythm of this
oscillating numeric pattern creates a strange lulling or numbness. The smooth drift in-and-out of
sync forms a rather pleasurable yet disorienting series of cycles within larger cycles. Countdown
recalls (yet falls short of) a cinematic event. It is a spectacle that contours—and at the same time—
denies access to the coordinated timing of an unfolding event.