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The Nightwatch, 2004

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Nightwatch
The Nightwatch, 2002 Single Channel Color Video 17 Minutes © Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York
The Nightwatch, 2004

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Miami Beach, FL 33139
June 27th, 2009 - September 19th, 2009

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Mexican based artist, Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium), investigates a sense of desolation in his video The Nightwatch (2004), which takes place in the famed National Portrait Gallery in London. The subject matter of the film is a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms while being filmed from the high viewpoint of the museum's state-of-the-art security cameras. The animal scampers from room to room appearing confused and out of context as the cameras capture its every move.

The Nightwatch was created as part of a five-year project called Seven Walks, which delves into the everyday rituals and habits of the city and was organized by the London-based organization Artangel.