Open 24 Hours, 2003
2-channel DVD installation
5 min (loops continuously) with audio

A DVD installation based around 2 animations of digitally generated neon signs featuring distorted human eyes. In the first sign, the eye is open, relieved intermittently with a blink. In the second, the eye is closed tight, occasionally opening to peer out.

Here, the 'open' in 'open 24 hours', takes on a somewhat comic sense of vigilance or insomnia. The imagery is inspired by the prose of Samuel Beckett, where a disembodied eye repeatedly appears as a representation of the rupture between the outside world of objects and the inner world of the mind.

The piece was originally designed for an outdoor neon commission for two walls on opposite sides of an alleyway - the signs 'eye-balling' each other across the space. That concept has been followed through to the DVD's, which are intended to be shown on two flat-panel monitors facing each other.