2012 SPATIAL MOTION

TITLE: NYC 1993 Video Timeline
CLIENT: New Museum for Contemporary Art
ABSTRACT: 12-channel video timeline installed
on the 5th floor of the New Museum



The timeline was designed to be the entry point for the exhibition NYC 1993: Experimental Jetset Trash and No Star, featuring over 1200 events from the year 1993, ranging from popular culture to world affairs. The information was divided across 12 unsynchronized monitors (one for each month) creating a constantly shifting perception of the year. Since cable TV was a dominant form of media in the early 90’s we displayed the videos on monitors from the era.

Events were color-coded into four categories:
• US Affairs
• World Affairs
• Pop Culture
• Art & Science
We sourced actual TV  footage from  1993 via YouTube, populating the timeline with primary content from the era.


Each monitor displays a looping video of events from a given month, punctuated by channel-changing static. Because each loop has a different length, the unscripted overlaps between pop culture, global war and political disasters is everchanging. In this regard, the experience of the timeline is both chronological and non-linear.


To accompany the video timeline we also designed a printed version as a takeaway. The publication included the full written timeline in chronological order, printed on cheap newsprint as an homage to the iconic “TV Guides” of the 90s.

Design with Megan Feehan

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