Laura Irving
Dec 3, 2019 · 3 min read

Playing with Fire: AV Installation by Mark Lloyd and Laura Irving

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Digitally recreated image of the sun, projected via solar powered projector- accompanied by audio loop

In this collaborative piece, the artists wish to explore the relationship between the forces of technology and the forces of nature on the human animal.

Using particle systems, a CGI image of the sun plays on a loop accompanied by a soundscape of acoustical pressure waves emanating from the sun’s surface, mixed with audio samples from Nasa, and archive material from 1950’s public information films explaining light, and the virtues of work.

“The Sun is playing a secret melody, hidden inside itself, that produces a widespread throbbing motion of its surface, slowly and rhythmically like the regular rise and fall of tides in a bay or of a beating heart.”

(Kenneth R. Lang)

Sunlight or starlight, the turning of the earth, the natural rhythms and that for centuries governed the times for work, romance, family and sleep are no longer applicable.

The advent of artificial light; from Edison’s lightbulb, to the ever-present blue light of screens, has disrupted much of humanity’s circadian rhythms. We do not switch off. In our western industrialised culture, we increasingly see a 24 hour culture of work and availability; powered by the blue light of thousands of man-made suns.

“While we talk, the sun is getting older. It will explode in 4.5 billion years. … In comparison everything else seems insignificant. Wars, conflicts, political tension, shifts in opinion, philosophical debates, even passions — everything’s dead already if this infinite reserve from which you now draw energy to defer answers, if in short thought as a quest, dies out with the sun. … Human death is included in the life of the mind. Solar death implies an irreparably exclusive disjunction between death and thought: if there’s death, then there’s no thought.”

Jean-François Lyotard 1994

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Credit/Tasks: Sound Design, archival research and mixing

Contributing artists

Visuals: Mark Lloyd

Mark David Lloyd is a British contemporary artist who exhibits internationally. He works predominantly in painting but also in other disciplines. His work has been described as; meta-modernist, post post-modernist, and nascent.

Digitally recreated sun in CGI using particle systems produced in collaboration with Gerry Gherado (University of Florida) 2014


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With a diverse and accessible range of events suitable for all audiences, including; exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, live music, poetry and even a film festival, BEAF is a showcase of local emergent artists and creatives.


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