Jul
3
2011
<em>Explosion 1960</em>
 

Yael Kanarek
Explosion 1960, 2011
Computational video (color, sound), custom software, computer
24 in screen, custom wood box, beveled, black
Edition of 6

Explosion 1960 employs the computer clock as a playback metronome. Through repetition it evokes a meditation on the deep subject of time. Over a year, as full revolution is completed. Each explosion on the screen is synchronized in a loop with with six temporal unit of measure: seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years. The top of each hour is struck in repetition, as are traditional clocks. Thus at 9:00 PM the pieced strikes nine times.

Appropriated footage in this piece originated in 1960. Documentation of tests, it pictures the result of massive underground explosions by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission during Operation Dugout.

Custom software controlling the video playback in this piece is driven by the computer’s internal clock hardware.

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