Revisions—Zen for Film

To see Bard Graduate Center’s full exhibition video, click here.

The artist Nam June Paik’s Zen for Film is a blank piece of film that plays for several minutes. It projects the dust it has collected over time, so each viewing is unique from those past.

In designing a “digital interactive” that would supplement Bard Graduate Center’s Fall 2015 re-exhibition of this work, we wanted our own work to be constantly evolving in a similar way. When a user taps the screen, her tap leaves behind a “dead pixel” colored R, G, or B. The screen shows an accumulation of taps from the past week.

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Users can explore themes such as Boredom, Chance, Materiality, Nothingness, Silence, Time, and Trace, each of which pop-up in a “blue screen of death” motif. Works slide slowly across the horizon. Dead pixels pile up.

Our interactive was made specifically for a 1920 × 1080 pixel display. Please keep this is mind while viewing the web version (as it is not tablet or mobile compatible).

The exhibition was developed by curator Hanna Hölling during a two-year Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship. The digital interactive includes contributions by Bard Graduate Center master’s students.

Year: 2015  Client: Bard Graduate Center  
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