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Zeno Reaches Zero

David Critchley
1976
5 mins B & W video

Zeno Reaches Zero

This was the first single monitor piece I made which could only have been realised on video. It was based on a conundrum - that of Zeno's paradox, where the number zero can never be reached by halving any number repeatedly, ad infinitum. However, this was over- ridden by being expressed through recording and re-recording a series of countdowns starting at 256. A second countdown was recorded from screen and a new 'counting head' appears at 128, then a third layer recorded with a new head coming in at 64, a fourth at 32, and so on through 16, 8, 4, 2, 1 and inevitably, 0, at which point the piece ends. D.C.

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