A reaction to the concept of parallels between technology and the environment is the artwork Lightbridge. This is a multimedia artwork realized between the UK and Brazil. A macro-astronomic performance using sunlight as a subject to work in between two artists based physically in different sites, based on observation, communication and commitment achieved via long-distance communication tools and time/space synchronization. A macro geographical situation to a micro geographical action.
SMS sent from Silvia to Ivan, 7:33am UK, 4:33am BR.
A line is drawn to connect two geographic points in space over the globe. A distance covering 9289km, most of which is over the Atlantic Ocean. By following the time it takes for the sun to reach Brazil from England, a bridge is created. Two artists commit to reaching their coastal starting points, and they point their cameras at the pre-calculated bearing towards one another. Therein, both become the anchors of each end of the bridge, and their framed landscape is gradually illuminated by the change in light and sound, between twilight and sunrise, that eventually reaches one and then the other. Lightbridge reveals a palette of subtle colours and sounds which break on the west Sussex coast of England on Sunday March 1st 2009 until the earth’s rotation and journey around the sun allows the same light to reach the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where it is finally caught.
Two parallel landscapes are connected by the light of one day. On one screen, two countries in two different continents are presented, between them one ocean. These are two landscapes yet are one garden.
Lightbridge film still
Might this suggest we live in the same landscape? Or be part of different landscapes at the same time? If so, what are we doing about it as individuals and collectively?