365247•2012 is a time-based piece created by Kevin O. Mooney. Rooted in still photography, the work is presented as a video projection. The more than 250,000 still images, presented as a photographic stop-motion animation, allow the viewer to witness the artist’s day-to-day routines, the same activities that are experienced by many on a daily basis. When interacting with the piece, the past and future are viewed simultaneously. Ultimately, a year in the artist’s life is presented in under an hour, offering others the opportunity to vicariously participate and find meaning in mundane activities while also reexamining their own unrecognized minutes, hours and days.
Mooney states: “I have been fascinated with self-portraiture since the mid-seventies. I began photographing myself as an undergraduate student while attending Southern Illinois University in the cinema & photography program. Throughout my career as a commercial/editorial photographer, I continued to do self-portraits, often with the subjects that I photographed for a specific assignment or job, primarily as a record of who I had photographed, especially if the person was famous. I then decided to challenge myself by making a photographic self-portrait every day for an entire year. When 1997 was over I continued with the daily self-portrait, incorporating it into my daily routine, and do so to this day.”