The Year’s Midnight, 2011
Shadow Box 5
High resolution interactive display with built-in computerized surveillance system
41.2 x 31.5 x 4.7 in / 104.5 x 80 x 12 cm
Edition of 6
The Year’s Midnight is the last piece in Lozano-Hemmer Shadow Box series of interactive displays, which use a built-in computerized tracking system. 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.This piece shows the viewer’s image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white smoke that emanate from his or her eye sockets until the whole display is filled with dense white smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy.