Open: Kevin

A Java application commissioned by The Goodwink Conspiracy reenacts a habit of mine in 1999 of trying to find the perfect Kevin jpeg on my computer. The software loops — opening and counting in perpetuity until the computer slows and is unable to render Kevin. In the end, only the tech remains.  

The edition includes a DVD of the application and supporting documents. Each disc is personalized like carving a lover’s name into a tree. Damage and access to the data differs from disk to disk. If unable to access the application because of the scratch marks, the DVD sleeve includes a URL to download the application, instructions, and a warning — by opening the application you acknowledge and understand Open: Kevin may freeze your computer and fully waive and release the artist and his associates from any and all claims.


Self-published; Java application saved onto damaged DVD, with jewel case, overall 5.59 x 4.92 inches; edition of 50

The Goodwink Conspiracy, Sydney

Archive as Artificial Scenery in Photobooks, abC, Beijing


Thankful to be commissioned by Rhizome, supported by Eyebeam, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, bested by Hyperallergic, and collected by MoMA.