The 59th Minute
On December 1, 2001 Creative Time will present its annual observance of World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art, with a new work by artist and writer, Jeff Gibson. Titled Viralysis: A Beginner's Guide to Infectious Psychology, Gibson's project for Day With(out) Art 2001 gives voice to the complex psychological issues surrounding living with HIV/AIDS and other long-term illnesses. This project is part of The 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, an ongoing series of video artwork by international artists produced by Creative Time and sponsored by Panasonic.

Viralysis: A Beginner's Guide to Infectious Psycholog presents a series of coined terms and phrases, comprised of neologisms, puns and satirical wordplays that take an incisive look at stigmas and attitudes concerning disease. The texts also address the psychological effects of living with uncertainty and imminent threat, an almost universal condition since September 11. Conceived specifically for Day With(out) Art, Gibson's texts will run during the 59th minute of every hour over the course of December 1, 2001.

Over 13 years ago, Day With(out) Art was initiated by a visionary group ofartists/activists in response to intense anger, frustration and gravepersonal loss due to HIV/AIDS. The impact of the AIDS pandemic has changedin the past decade from high fatality rates to prolonged treatments,resulting in people having to learn to live with the virus. Accordingly,Creative Time's Day With(out) Art 2001 initiative speaks to this new focuson living with the disease.

Other insightful wordplays by Jeff Gibson can be found in his book, "Dupe: A Partial Compendium of Everyday Delusions," available at Printed Matter, 535 West 22nd St., NYC. The book may be previewed at

For information on past DWA projects, visit our archive.
Viralysis: A Beginners Guide to
Infectious Psychology
(day without art)

December 1, 2001