Francis AlÿsThe Nightwatch 2004

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Francis Alÿs (born 1959)
The Nightwatch
Date 2004
MediumVideo, 2 maps, printed papers, 7 drawings and book
Dimensionsduration: 19 min object: 2340 x 2840 x 600 mm overall display dimensions variable
Acquisition Presented by Tate Patrons 2006. The Artangel Collection at Tate
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Francis Alÿs’ The Nightwatch was made by releasing a fox into London’s National Portrait Gallery and following its movement through the galleries using the museum’s CCTV system. The installation itself mimics the wall of monitors in a surveillance station. Alÿs was inspired partly by the proliferation of surveillance cameras around London, and by the number of urban foxes forced to lead a scavenger existence in the city.

July 2010

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