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Neurotic Armageddon Indicator

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Schofield


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Neurotic Armageddon Indicator (NAI) is an installation artwork which visualises the ‘Doomsday Clock’, a symbolic clock maintained by an academic journal, ‘The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’. The Doomsday Clock represents the proximity to armageddon expressed as minutes to midnight where midnight represents nuclear holocaust. The clock is ‘set’ by a panel of scientists and experts at long intervals, usually years apart. The artwork is in two pieces. One is a small computer programme running on a server which ‘scrapes’ the content of the Bulletin’s home page as often as possible. The software checks the current status of the clock and then sends the results over the internet to the second part of the work, a small wall clock which displays the time of the Doomsday Clock on a red LED clock display. This process repeats as fast possible so that the device shows in near-real-time the status of the doomsday clock. At the time of writing, it is currently five minutes to midnight. Neurotic Armageddon Indicator was also shown at Betagrams, Newbridge Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2014 and Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, London, 2013.<

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Schofield T

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2015

Number of Pieces: 1

Venue: Bureau Europa

Location: Maastricht, Netherlands

Media of Output: Networked Electronics, Micro controller, Server