Stars are objects of persistent fascination, onto which we have projected meaning for thousands of years. Parallel to the growth of cities, light pollution has increased the difficulty of perceiving the stars, with city dwellers typically encountering night skies all but void of light.
Consider(Paris); Cadastre per Aspera is the latest in an ongoing series of works, centred on major cities and urban centres. It consists of a single, animated projection of randomly generated patterns of light derived from artificial lights observable in urban environments (skylines, streetlights and so on) processed to resemble star maps. This iteration of the project is also the first to feature a sound component, culled from field recordings of city sounds, and inspired by the sonification of astronomical observations.
Consider(Paris); Cadastre per Aspera was recently on show at cneai= (Centre National Edition Art Image), Paris, as part of Primavera 2, the exhibition of the 2013 Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art's artist residency programme, with support from the National Arts Council of Singapore, the city of Milan, the Museo Riso Palermo, the MARCA and Provincia di Catanzaro. Curated by Valentine Meyer and Andrea Fam.
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