22:28:2:1 is an interactive piece made up of five components: a wall clock mimicking a fire extinguisher, a naloxone kit, candles, and a timer.
Fentanyl (C22H28N2O) is one of the leading causes driving the opioid crisis. Commenting on this global pandemic, 22:28:2:1 focuses on the US specifically: The timer is set to go off every 12 minutes, after which a member of the audience is invited to light a candle at the base of the piece, as there are 130 deaths per day by opioid overdose in the US (one every 12 minutes).
The timer adds yet another element of urgency and tension, and the candles draw attention to the tangible casualties of this pandemic and aim to pay homage.
Naloxone – an antidote in the case of a Fentanyl overdose – is placed inside the clock, both commenting on the urgency of the crisis and invoking a hopeful future, offering the viewers a solution.
The clock can be seen ticking in the background, reminding us that this is an ongoing issue and that we seem to be fighting against time; that systemic change needs to occur in order to truly end this crisis.
Mimicking the form a fire extinguisher, echoed with the ‘fire’ from the candles below, 22:28:2:1 aims to destigmatize drug use and focuses our attention on harm reduction techniques and solutions. Lastly, the clock frame is purple, standing for the opioid crisis awareness day ribbon color.