8 Minutes of Light (excerpt) 2011

8 Minutes of Light (excerpt) 2011
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8 Minutes of Light is a multi-media installation.It consists of 8-minute video loops which are projected on a wall in front of a section of grass. Creating an artificial Sun cycle, each video sequence incorporates reworked footage appropriated from science films from the 1950's, 60's and 70's that documented phenomena of the Sun. In my search for documentation of the sun I contacted the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (D.R.A.O.) located in British Columbia, Canada. The observatory generously provided me with specialized audio recordings of solar radio emissions, distant light discharges, and solar wind rubbing against the Earth's magnetic field. Much like the way I constructed the video and audio, I relocated grass and soil from a local park, recontextualizing it in a way that if forms a link between the digital Sun and Nature. 8 Minutes of Light explores my concern for the forever-changing future of our planet. Our limitations of natural resources, increase of pollution and affects of global climate change has reshaped our lives in such a way that might leave us in perpetual darkness. What then?Audio source material: Astronomer Ken Trapping and Lisa Ladouceur at the D.R.A.OVideo source material: Creative Commons filmsProject Advising: Cliff CainesInstallation technical assistant: Adam Parker