THE LAST SHOT CLOCK
DESTER SINISTER

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Dexter sinister, The Last Shot Clock, 2018, edition of 16 copies, 23 x 10 x 10 cm, 7-segment led display set on a black steel box.
The Last Shot Clock (multiple) is a small, electronic clock based on an idiosyncratic counter originally designed for La Biennale di Venezia 2013 and since reconstructed for a series of exhibitions and performances over the intervening five years.

The first version of the clock in Venice used custom-programmed microchips to alter the display of time on two electronic basketball scoreboards as a work for the Lithuania and Cyprus pavilion. The next prototype was produced one year later in 2014 as a stand-alone electronic LED message board for an “Work in Progress”, an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. A pair of clocks were hung at either end of the interior courtyard and used as a time-travel vehicle in a performance by Dexter Sinister. In 2015, the clocks were included in “I’ll be your interface.*”, a Dexter Sinister exhibition at Hessel Museum of Art, Anondale-on-Hudson, New York. Later in 2015, the pair of LED clocks were part of “On a Universal Serial Bus”, a solo exhibition at Kunstverein München, where they formed a setting for a repeat performance of the one in Vilnius, one year later. The next version of the clocks was produced as a small software and included on “Universal Serial Bus”, an electronic collection of Dexter Sinister work published on a memory stick by Sternberg Press, Berlin. The most recent instance for the current exhbition is a small electronic 4-digit 7-segment display produced as an open-edition multiple.

The Last Shot Clock (multiple) uses a limited alphabet of two characters, “O” and “o” to count down backwards from 15 to 0 using binary notation. Binary is the default language of computers where digits have only two possible vaules, either “on” or “off” (“0″ or “1”, “O” or “o”). In typical base-10 notation, the number thirteen uses the positions of its two digits to produce a total. “13” in base 10 means “1 ten” plus “3 ones”. Thirteen in binary, or base-2, notation is represented as “1011” and is construced as “1 eight” plus “0 fours” plus “1 two” plus “1 zero”. In the language of The Last Shot Clock, thirteen is “OoOO”.

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