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 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; 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.