DLECTRICITY™ was scheduled for September 22 & 23, 2017, in Midtown Detroit and showcased 36 artists from Detroit and around the world from the DIA to MOCAD. Please check back often as we continue to share photos and video from the festival.
LOCATION: The Detroit Institute of Arts at Woodward and Farnsworth
A hand-drawn animated installation, Hypothetical Stars employs the artist’s marks as interventions into 16mm footage taken from the NASA Apollo 12 mission. Being the mission after the first moon landing, it was notable for being the first to bring a color TV camera. And for the fact that, upon landing, the camera was pointed at the sun and inadvertently destroyed, immediately terminating the television broadcast. This piece asks us to consider a new view of that which we cannot see with the naked eye, where images sent back from the outer reaches are not seen as scientific truth but as deeply connected to our collective curiosity. The use of scale challenges how we think about, and see, the vastness of our conjectural universe and it’s intimate relationship with our innermost subconscious ideas. Hypothetical Stars uses thrown shadows from tabletop dioramas and reflected and refracted animated projections to create a universe of hypothetical stars, moons, and planets.
Originally Commissioned by Richard Herskowitz for the 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Support in part by a Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.