When my Eyes were Stabbed by the Flash of a Neon Light
Second visit of a museum since the begining of the blog, second post on art for me. Random and bilingual neon light (Néon bilingue et aléatoire, 1971) by the french artist François Morellet, is exposed in Centre Pompidou in Paris. Random it says?…
Basically it is a kind of alarm clock, with digital figures. But not really the kind of alarm you would like at home, because its digits are random. The 21 tubes of neon light switch on and off randomly (according to the caption: with equiprobability). This makes a bit more than two million different combinations. Out of them, the caption in the museum says that 32 are words (english or french), like SEE, or APE, etc. The odds on this are more than 65 000 to one. When one of these words is picked out, it keeps flashing for five seconds, to make sure you won’t miss it.
I have been looking at the piece for only a few seconds. And, of course, I had the occasion to see such a word, the BUS word. It makes me think the draws might be biased, for example to make it more attractive. Or the draws are very quick, but it does not seems so. Any of you knows those neon lights?
Well I go back to the Sounds of Silence.