Sleepwalkers, Night 23
I was asked today why I liked Sleepwalkers so much by a friend who wasn't liking it so much. Responding was a good exercise in reviewing what I've seen and felt since the beginning of the installation. Some of these things I've mentioned before, and some of them I'll be discussing here soon.
1. I like repetition, generally.
2. I like how repetition isn't really repetitive. (Says he as he repeats himself. Yet not quite, which proves my point.)
3. I like all the reflections that happen within the work, obviously and especially in the garden.
4. I love the cups. They make me think of Chardin.
5. I like the there/not there performances. I think that there's something very post-9/11 about them. For some reason I don't think that it was intentional.
6. I like the clocks that fill the screen at 6 o'clock every night when the church bells are ringing. Again, not intentional. This one I've asked Aiken about. He had no idea that it happened like that.
7. I like the occasional night when it feels more like a sound work than a visual piece.
8. I like the different grids that divide the images.
9. I don't see the design of the piece as a problem. I think that it's essentially cool. I think that that augments the distance that is part the work. I've heard other people mention the "corporate" nature of it, but I don't quite get that. It's all too slow for that. You couldn't sell shit with this thing.
10. I like the hole it's going to leave behind.