suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:
Studio Tobias Klein: Sunrise and sunset on the planet are the basis of all our time association in the real world and the basis for our patterns of life. We have begun to disassociate ourself from the universal sublime—to ourself, our self-constructed universe—the virtual world of avatars and profiles, emails and tweets? Virtual Sunset is a globally connected live installation, exploring the ephemeral notion of the sunset as an everlasting continuous global event and its equivalent in our daily expanding networked environment.
Set between the Web site and the actuality of a 6 hour window at the V&A Friday late on the 29th of June 2012, the installation created a first choreographed synchronized virtual sunset by projecting globally collected and shared photos of all our private sunsets, creating a time based and precise mirage of the real, into a virtual sunset.
The installation successfully recreated the sublime qualities of the fleeting sunset and its lighting conditions within the V&A and reached a point of synchronicity within the installation and the real sunset of London at 9:21 PM.
The installation comprises out of readily & easily available industrial materials, ready to be assembled at any given point on the planet, consists of ca. 1.5 km standard soft tubes, 15 mm in diameter, a scaffold, some cable ties and 2 projectors live connected to the Web site. The tubes are hung in a point mirrored pattern, creating a void in the middle of the installation at the centre point of the two projected shared sunsets.
Thanks to all the helpers and the team at the V&A: Anneli Giencke, Denis Vlieghe, Dietmar Koering, Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu, Teresa Stillebacher, Christopher Johnson, Alvaro Pulpeiro, Andrew Hum, Basil Agyropoulos, Gustav Toftgard, Tobias Schlorhaufer, Matthew Hanrahan, Alexey Marfin, Kin Ho, Tobias Jewson, Hyunwoo Chung, Sho Ito, Yuko Odaira, Kevin Primat, Kwang-Ho Chung, Harijs Alsins, Arturs Alsins, Christopher Bates (film), Miyukii Yamanaka (photography) Ruth Lie (V&A) and Cassie Davies-Strodder (V&A) and all friends of Studio Tobias Klein who have in the past and continue to upload and share their private sunsets.
This is the beginning of a three year project that has already confirmed locations in the US and later in Swiss—please help us to create the most intense globally created sunset by logging on to www.virtual-sunset.net. Thanks!
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Photos: Miyukii Yamanaka.