O projekcie

Łukasz Radziszewski, Słońca
Od sześciu ostatnich lat z namiętnością zajmuję się kolekcjonowaniem czasomierzy. Twórczy namysł oparty na zainteresowaniu zegarkami, przyrządami pomiarowymi ma silny wpływ na moje działania artystyczne i życie. W tekście poniżej opisuję sytuację, w której, dochodzi do powstrzymania upływu czasu drogą syntetyczną, dzięki wykorzystaniu tak zwanych multimediów. Przygotowałem projekt dwudziestoczterogodzinnej transmisji live-stream. W jej trakcie zostałyby wyświetlone równocześnie wschód i zachód słońca. Oba przedstawienia to bliźniacze lub zbliżone ujęcia pejzażowe – mimo, że relacjonują skrajnie różne fazy dnia. Słońce ukazane jest w obu obrazach identycznie – jako unieruchomione tuż nad linią horyzontu, podczas tzw. złotej godziny. Oprócz gwiazdy oddany jest również fragment krajobrazu i panujące w danej chwili warunki atmosferyczne.

Wschód i zachód jako momenty graniczne w cyklu dnia i nocy trwają krótko – a zmiana pozycji słońca jest wówczas wyraźnie dostrzegalna. Wrażenie statyczności można więc uzyskać dzięki zestawieniu serii krótkich, piętnastominutowych, następujących po sobie ujęć – dokumentujących ten sam moment. Warto zaznaczyć, że tylko płynny montaż i transmisja bez zakłóceń pozwolą, aby określona chwila mogła być swobodnie wydłużona w czasie rzeczywistym.

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 videos 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. During the
23th September screening, I will become the dispatcher of time, and the place of Arsenal
Gallery in Białystok – 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.

Piotr Policht, Suns

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.

Artists

Concept and networking: Łukasz „Rad-X” Radziszewski

Curator: Piotr Policht
Composer: Rafał Ryterski
Music composer: Rafał Ryterski

Project assistant: Zofia Snarska

Arsenal Gallery Coordinator: Zbigniew Świdziniewski

Zachęta National Gallery of Art Coordinator: Marta Miś

FINA National Audiovisual Institute Coordinator: Anna Witek

 

Special thanks to: Flavia Rodriguez Piątkiewicz, Monika Szewczyk, Hanna Wróblewska, Jerzy Kornowicz, Ewa Rudnicka, Dorota Zofia, Maciej Welk, Piotr Welk, Jakub Wróblewski, Piotr Marzec, Rafał Bieryło, Kacper Bieryło, Vera Zalutskaya, Weronika Guenther, Alex Urso, Paweł Brylski, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Daniel Spryszyński, Zofia Michałowska, Irena Popiashvili, Irena Marina Dmitru, Karolina Kania, Natalia Kałuża, Karolina Majewska, Błażej Ostoja Lniski, Wiktor Jędrzejec, Michał Opiłowski, Agata Chinowska, Ewa Tatar, Katarzyna Minkiewicz, Mieszko Minkiewicz, Ewelina Węgrowska, Paulina Angielczyk, Matylda Kozera, Roman Kowalski, Mateusz Radziszewski, Małgorzata Radziszewska, Jerzy Radziszewski, Łukasz Węgrowski, Teresa Ryczer, Małgorzata Niedzielko, Tom Rusotii, Iga Nowicka, Dariusz Żukowski, Stanisław Bajtlik, Ayaz Karimov, Tornike Sekhniashvili, Michał Szaranowicz, Agnieszka Mastalerz, Arman Galstyan, Patrycja Krekora, Bartosz Zaskórski, Aneta Rejmer, Ola Siebuła, Aleksandra Kardaczyńska, Aleksandra Sacharczuk, Agata Rucińska, Aliaxey Taustoy, Cezary Zakrzewski, Marcin Zakrzewski, Barbara Zakrzewska, Dorian Batycka, Piotr Stasiowski, Joanna Weltrowska, Rareș Grozea, Hando Tamm, Dashiell Stanford, Monika Tramś, Magdalena Robaszkiewicz, Bessa Kartlelishvili, Ola Czerniawska, Nancy Banfi, Xander van Dijk, Veronika Mayr, Tim Pravett, Joanna Dudek, Adrian Kempa, Mateusz Machalski, Olga Dziubak, Vitia Aberamok, Wiesław Jurkowski, Ewa Chacianowska, Alessia Di Donato, Justyna Macho, Shabani Mdwongwa, Allan Almeida, Szymon Kaniewski, Karolina Sochoń, Paweł Susid, Katarzyna Sumisławska, Sylwia Narewska, Marta Wiermiejuk, Aleksandra Bronowska, Aleksandra Łapkowska

 

People involved in the „Suns” will be treated as collaborating artists, taking a part in show. The final list of authors of movies and people engaged in the production of „Suns” will be published on the 20th of September.

Partners

Arsenal Gallery in Białystok https://galeria-arsenal.pl/

FINA National Film Archive – Instytut Audiowizualny http://www.nina.gov.pl/

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art https://zacheta.art.pl/en

Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw https://asp.waw.pl/eng/

City of Białystok https://www.bialystok.pl/

Wschodzący Białystok https://www.bialystok.pl/

Gdańsk City Gallery https://www.ggm.gda.pl/en,41,0,0,Home,0,0,index.php

Instytut Kultury Miejskiej http://ikm.gda.pl/en/

Club of Clock and Watch Amateurs lo http://kmziz.pl/

60th International Festival of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn” http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/en/wj2017/home_2017

 

The project is under honorary patronage of President of City Białystok.
Implementation of the project (production of both exhibitions) was funded by City of Białystok Stypendardy Program for young artists

Know How

Collaborating means networking here, videos from all around the world makes it . The final list of authors of movies and people engaged in the production of Suns will be published on the 20th of September 2018.

What is the perfect shoot?

  1. Take care of proportions of the horizon. Sun should be close to center of image.
  2. It would be great, if Sun would be visable all the time. If there are clouds, trees or building in the view, do not worry – everything is ok, still we have a film from morning/evening, from special area. 3. Listen to your invention – choose area, you like or have emotional connection.Video reccording:
  3. Video camera should have fully charged battery
  4. Please, Take care to have not less than 1-2 GB memory free on your device.
    3. If we record video by mobile phone, please turn on „plane mode”, to not make a breaks in video caused by random call
  5. If it is possibile – please, choose the HD quality in settings
  6. Phone should be put on something stabile, view should not be moving
  7. Please, do not record sound.
  8. Length of video should be not less than 15 minutes – perfect is 20.
  9. EXAMPLE I: Sunrise in Jakarta starts at 5:50. Because of that, you begin to record at 6:00 untill 6:30.
  10. EXAMPLE II: Sunset in Jakarta begins at 17:50. So you start earlier, at 17:10 untill 17:40.

Preparations for video:

Sharing the files:

If the files are larger than 2GB – please, use our Premium account on WeTransfer (the best way to share large sized files) made for you. You can gain the key writing us at suns.lucas@gmail.com.

 

Preparations for live stream:

  1. The best device to make an live stream is mobile phone.
  2. Mobile video camera should have fully charged battery.
  3. Please, be sure you are in range of wifi, or other stabile Inthernet connection.
  4. Camera should be stabilized and not moving. If camera lens will focus automaticaly during recording – please do not stop the video, or try to change options. Everything is cool.
  5. If it is possibile – please, choose the HD quality in settings
  6. Please, do not record sound.
  7. You can use the most popular streaming platforms as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitch. Just let us know before – we have professional tools and amazing people, that can capture your stream from any platform and mix it with the line.
    8. During the show we contact 20 minutes before, via Facebook Messenger. In special situations via WhatsApp.
  8. Length of video should be not less than 20 minutes – perfect is 30.
  9. EXAMPLE I: Sunrise in Jakarta starts at 5:50. Because of that, we begin to record at 6:00 untill 6:30.
  10. EXAMPLE II: Sunset in Jakarta begins at 17:50. So we begun earlier, at 17:10 untill 17:40.

Open Call

Suns, as a social art project is based on networking around Earth. We look for people or places worldwide to ask for simple videos of sunsets and sunrises from their current location. The goal is to connect all these short movies into one, 24-hour long stream.
If you would like to send us videos of sunsets and sunrises from your area, you can contact us at suns.sophie@gmail.com. We look for videos from all around the world, recorded before 18th of September 2018 and live streams from the 22/23th of September. You can find video specifications in the Know How section tab.

Everyone who joins the project is going to be credited for their work and treated as an artist, free to mention Suns in their portfolio as a international collaboration piece.

All the videos will be shown during the 24 hour long exhbition at the special moment of the Equinox 22/23 September 2018. It would be possible to watch at FinA Warsaw and Arsenal Gallery in Białystok and streamed in web at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw website. Befeore, preview has been shown in Zacheta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

Contact info

Participation and questions:

Email: suns.sophie@gmail.com

 

Video and transfer know how

Email: suns. lucas@gmail.com

 

Adress for correspondence:
Łukasz Radziszewski

5 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street

ZIP 00-068 Warsaw, Masovian District
Poland