2017 - 2019
Netherlands; Germany; Italy; Belgium
Exploring contemporary uses of Electric Lightings in Europe in a journey made of observations, questions and possible futures.
Electric Sun is an exploration of the night-scapes and the daily lited environment in which the blurred boundary between technosphere and biosphere, creates alternative realities. The project sees the electric source as the fuel for new rituals. The luminous phenomena become something to hunt and to observe like a tourist watching the Aurora. Who gain healing and rejuvenation from coloured irradiation, and others use for growing the idealised flora.
Most European night-scapes are characterised by intense skyglow. Urban planning, industries, and even domestic lightings are effecting surroundings, whereas a City Center or the countryside. A civilised environment always implies a lighting infrastructure, so that electric light is omnipresent and it became second nature. The body of work explores environments and objects connected to electric lightings. The man-made source is a more effective Sun, and it changed the cultural connotation of day and night. With it, it expanded the day and it creates a new temporal space in the night. The lit darkness is the place for other activities and for other creatures attracted to the Electric Sun.
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