Claudia X. Valdes

[Minutes to Midnight (video still)]

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Minutes to Midnight, 2008

Super 8 transferred to Digital Video, 10m 28s, Dimensions Variable


"Minutes to Midnight" is based on a series of performances that took place between 2006-2008 at the Trinity Test Site, located on White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo, NM. Documented in Super 8 film, an eight second clip of the performance is distended to over 10 minutes.

Specifically, the work is situated at the McDonald Ranch House, site of the construction of the Trinity Test atomic bomb. The Trinity Test was the first-ever atomic bomb test, conducted on July 16, 1945.

As a place, McDonald Ranch House embodies the history of what occurred at the site- man's scientific achievement coupled with the first step taken towards the creation of the most destructive instrument on the planet.

As a place open to public visitors only twice a year, McDonald Ranch House functions as a mnemonic device resonant with traces of the past. Place becomes the madeleine cookie to evoke nuclear memory.

Triggered by such memories, the work enacts a reconstruction of nuclear history, an imaginal memory. Running frantically out of the house, I attempt to escape the atomic detonation from 1945. And through re-enacting the past I enact a memory from the future; rehearsing the end of the world at the very place where the end of the world began.


• SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

• Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC

• LAWRIMORE Project, Seattle [solo exhibition]

• University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM [solo installation]

Artworks by Claudia X. Valdes

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