S K Y L I G H T

"A New and Improved Location TBA" - Nicolas Sassoon, July 2017

SKYLIGHT is a project for the web residencies program by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart & ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe on the topic FRACTAL HORSES, curated by Claudia Maté. During the month of July 2017, updates relating to the project will be posted here, until the release of the final work at the end of the month.

SKYLIGHT is a large animated GIF, vastly exceeding the size of common screens (7680 x 2160 pixels), inviting viewers to scroll within their web browser to reveal the animation. SKYLIGHT depicts an architecture seen through isometric perspective, rendered using pixel patterns, digital moiré, and a monochromatic palette. The architecture in SKYLIGHT is based on an existing artist-run space from Vancouver, Canada, also titled Skylight. Between 2014 and 2016, Skylight hosted numerous art exhibitions, electronic music, and live performance events before shutting down in 2016. The animation SKYLIGHT portrays the venue being set up for an event coproduced by the artist in August 2016.

SKYLIGHT (alongside previous works INDEX and AVENUE) considers the representation of undocumented spaces hosting cultural events on the fringe of legality. The animation is a subjective record of an existing space. It is drawn from memory and portrays the venue prior to a music event, mixing accurate elements with imaginary ones. SKYLIGHT employs idiomatic visual elements from Sassoon’s practice to evoke the culture and communities surrounding the venue: pixelated patterns, digital moiré, and isometric perspective are used to render a multitude of details, textures, and fictional elements. Through a process of recollection and imagination, SKYLIGHT manifests an environment that looks dated, idealized, and ethereal. The architecture appears floating through a starry night, void of human presence and seemingly charged with energy. SKYLIGHT offers a dreamlike and intimate experience of the venue, using minimal means of representation.

Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM

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