Newnow Festival, FESTIVAL FOR DIGITAL ARTS
Zeche Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage, Essen, Germany
Opening 1st June 2023
Expo 1st June – 6th August 2023
Photos © Cinzia Campolese | Dirk Rose / Stiftung Zollverein
Set-Rise-Sun is a mixed-media installation that explores the interplay between technology, time and the environment.
The piece is made of a modified Lcd screen perpendicular to a water surface, through which viewers can observe an evolving virtual Sun that progresses from the top to the bottom of the screen. To the naked eye, the screen emits only white light. As the polarized film on the Lcd has been removed, the content is only visible through the reflection on the water that acts as a natural polarizing filter due to Brewster’s angle phenomenon.
The prevailing western cultural norms have often viewed time as a resource to be won and defended, marked by a linear progression, a craving for rapid results, and a feeling of haste.
Such an endeavor to dominate time has historically been an example of how humans have attempted to exert their control over nature and over them.
The work prompts the observer to contemplate the intricacies of our present situation, grappling with the socio-environmental challenges we confront. It encourages us to ponder the ramifications of our increased reliance on technology and the possible outcomes that may arise from distancing ourselves from the natural world.