Monday, 11 September 2017

Suns - 24 Hours of Sunsets - can you help?

Suns - 24 hours of sunsets around the world -
can you help? Courtesy of Lucas Radziszewski.
An exciting Slow TV style project in Poland needs help from around the world. Can you help? Please read on:

"My name is Lucas Radziszewski. I am an visual artist based in Warsaw, Poland EU. 

I am making big, worldwide project named "Suns". It is based on Slow TV idea. For the first time in history, it will create a possibility to stop the time!

I search for 72 people in all time zones on Earth. I need to find number of people living around the world, to cooperate and create work together. I am looking for someone to record beautifull sunset and sunrise in his local area. It can be made by mobile phone. The best would be live stream.

Video from your place will be shown in 23 September 2017 in top central Europe art museums - National Gallery of Art Zachęta in Warsaw & Arsenal Gallery in Białystok. There are also many media partners and institutes and Polish Academy of Science.

In exchange for your videos - you will be everywhere officialy mentioned in credits as Artists/Creators. Both galleries will send you papers and personal documentation from project. Even it will be so far away from Poland.

Contact me please in private message or by mail I am really full of enthusisam, and work on "Suns" DIY. I truly ask for your help!

These are the locations where I am wanting contributors:

Sao Paulo (Brazil) -23.55, -46.63E
Belo Horizonte (Brazil) -19.41N, -43.93E
Timmins (Ontario, Canada) 48.47N, -81.33E
Chicago (Illinois, USA) 41.84N, -87.64E
Kansas City (Missouri, USA) albo Houston (Texas, USA) 29.76N, -95.36E
Juneau (Alaska, USA) 58.30N, -134.41E
Honolulu (Hawaii, USA) 21.31N, -157.84E
Togiak (Alaska, USA) 59.06N, -160.37E
Unalaska (Alaska, USA) 53.88N, -166.53E
Nikolski (Alaska, USA) 52.93N, -168.86E
Papeete (Tahiti, French Polinesia) -13.85N, -171.75E
Suva (Fi) – 18.12N, 178.45E
Namuro (Japan) 43.33N, 145.58E
Sapporo (Japan) 43.06N, 141.35E
Kyoto (Japan)
Tashkient (Uzbekistan) albo Petropavlovsk (Kazakstan) 41.29N, 69.24E
Chelabynsk (Russia) 55.16N, 61.43E
Port Louis (Mauritus, France) -20.16, 57.50E
Ad Dauha (Qatar) 25.28N, 51.53E
Las Palmas (Canary Islands) 28.12N, -15.43E

Best wishes from Poland,


(Above text originally posted in Slow TV Fans Facebook Group)

Further explanation #1 of the project below:

Suns Date: 23:59, 22 September – 23:59, 23 September 2017

Location: National Gallery of Art “Zachęta” in Warsaw / Arsenal Gallery in Białystok
concept and visuals: Łukasz Radziszewski
curator: Piotr Policht
audio: Rafał Ryterski
video editing: Michał Tułowiecki

For four years, I have had a passion for collecting chronometers. I can estimate that deepening my knowledge about the art of watchmaking, conserving watches, and acquiring new ones takes approximately four hours daily and consumes most of my resources. Currently, my interest in measuring instruments and creative reflection upon time profoundly influence my creative activities.

In the text below I describe a situation in which the passage of time is halted by synthetic means through the implementation of multimedia. I have created a project of a 24-hour live-stream broadcast. It would involve displaying sunrise and sunset simultaneously. Both of these spectacles are twin-like landscape frames, even though they express two radically different phases of the day. The sun is depicted identically, standing still above the line of the horizon during the so-called golden hour. Apart from the star, a fragment of the landscape and the current weather conditions are depicted as well.

Sunrise and sunset, the border moments of the day and night cycle are of very short duration and at these moments a change of the sun’s position is particularly noticeable. The illusion of motionlessness can be created through the juxtaposition of a sequence of short 15-minute subsequent shots documenting the same moment. It is worth mentioning that only flowing editing and distortionless broadcasting will allow the moment to be freely extended in real-time.

Extensive preparation and organisation is required for simultaneous sunrise and sunset lasting all day. The programme with live video recording will involve precisely designated stations around the circumference of the Earth located in all time zones. In order to accomplish these objectives, at least seventy video capturing points should be specified and communicated with each other. Then, one station would be used twice – first, during sunrise, and then during sunset. It should be strongly emphasised – both broadcasts are independent constructions. The transmissions of sun’s rise and fall are broadcast from points radically remote from one another, and they register significantly different processes. Only the screening – that is, the juxtaposition – makes the two films clarify each other.

The operation can only be carried out twice a year, during equinoxes – the moments when day and night are equal. In 2017, it is accordingly on 20-21 March and on 22-23 September. Because of its symbolic significance in global culture and astrology, autumnal equinox seems more justified – at that time, the sun enters the sign of Libra.

During the September screening, I will become the dispatcher of time, and the place in which I will reside – the control room. I intend not to sleep and to remain in the state of constant activity. It can be said that I will become a biological programmer. I formulated an extensive list of places and configurations accompanied by exact coordinates and information about the solar phases on 22-23 September 2017. I made the selection on the basis of Internet access in the places. Then, using the Google Images browser, I carried out an introductory assessment of the local landscapes. I entered the names of the places with ‘sunset’ and ‘sunrise’ added – thus, I had certainty about the conditions in the places and I could create a composition out of the sequences.

The most important goal before the screening is communicating and cooperating with many independent places around the planet. Given the universal access to technology, and the clarity and the universal message of sunrise and sunset, I think the project is fairly straightforward to carry out. Difficulties may rise from partially isolated locations, for instance Alaska or the West Pacific region. I have decided that during my attempts at establishing contacts every time I will, in the first place, ask local cultural institutions and activists for help. In this case, authenticating my activity through formalised relationships or recommendations can increase the effectiveness and ensure smooth implementation of the project. The construction of the entrance into cooperation is therefore adapted to the new channels of distributing art.

Łukasz Radziszewski

Further explanation #2 of the project below:

Suns 24 hour transmission 

22-23 September 2017 National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw & Arsenal Gallery, Białystok artist: Łukasz Radziszewski 
curator: Piotr Policht 
music producer: Rafał Ryterski 

Carbondale, Illinois prepared for months for the solar eclipse of 21 August. The phenomenon required touristic infrastructure and favourable weather with a clear sky. Even the ban on consuming alcohol in public places was lifted in the hope of broadening the influx of money left by tourists which flowed in through the city left desolate after the 2008 economic crash for a moment as brief as the astrological phenomenon.

Even though the star of our planetary system has long lost its status as a deity, the rare phenomena linked with it cause great excitement. For some, they get their hearts pumping, for others – they bring a flow of money to their accounts. We cannot handle the effects of climate change, but we try to involve the 150-million-kilometre-away Sun into the logic of capital and efficiency, just as we do with the resources beneath us. With decent success – solar energy is slowly making its way into our houses, the most popular chain of furniture stores in the world, Ikea, has recently started selling solar panels, in Poland as well.

There still remains the last stronghold unconquered by neoliberalism which is also protected by the Sun – sleep. According to Jonathan Crary’s observations put forward in his 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, it is the sleep that serves as a twofold mental hygiene. In the literal sense, it lets the human brain regenerate and digest the received stimuli. In the psychosocial sense, it is the only crack through which we can escape the imperative of both production and consumption. Even though since the discovery of electricity we are as proficient in turning the crowns of our biological clocks and breaking the daily rhythm of activity and rest as we have never been before, it is the sunrise and the sunset which regulate the hormonal balance responsible for it.

The proverbial “stopping the Sun and moving the Earth” is treated as one of most significant events in the history of culture and science. However, what would happen if it could be achieved in the literal sense and our reality would start resembling the one presented in Łukasz Radziszewski’s work? The golden face of the Sun suspended above the horizon was hitherto associated with unrefined landscapes, two faces next to each other – with equally cheesy sci-fi illustrations. However, just like the sunrise is hard to distinguish from the sunset on some pictures, the line between idyll and nightmare is thin.

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