Artist seeks dark sky contributions

An artist is asking the public for help depicting darkness and silence, as part of an art event taking place at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park on 23-24 September 2017.

Enclosure, a 100ft neon circle by artist Robbie Coleman, was one of the installations in the 2015 Sanctuary exhibition. Credit: Mark Bolem

Artist Tim Shaw is challenging the public to ‘document darkness’, ‘record remoteness’ and ‘send silence’ for Sanctuary 2017, a 24-hour art installation taking place at Galloway Dark Sky Park. Shaw will use contributions from the public to create visual and sonic installations for the event.


He will set up two short-range radio masts with screens attached to transmit images via radio waves across the park.

The public can contribute images for the installation using the online portal REACH, but will have to travel to Galloway to see them included in the exhibition.

The REACH portal can be accessed here, and images can also be sent via Twitter using #ReachDarkness #ReachRemoteness or #ReachSilence.

Sanctuary is an annual, 24-hour festival held at Galloway Dark Sky Park in which the public are invited to come together to create a ‘temporary community’.

Galloway Forest Park became the UK’s first Dark Sky Park when it was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2009.

Jo Hodges, co-curator of Sanctuary, says: “The idea is very much about moving online to offline and that chimes particularly well with the ethos of Sanctuary.

“Contributing to the art works is easy, via the REACH portal, but to witness all of the varied online contributions and the ways in which Tim Shaw has worked with them, audiences need to make the decision to travel to the remote site.”

Shaw says: “Some of us rely heavily on infrastructures like the internet; this work is a little glimpse into other forms of communication technologies.

A projector records visitors' shadows for the Unicorn Diagram installation as part of the 2015 Sanctuary exhibition. Credit: Viridian Skies
A projector records visitors’ shadows for the Unicorn Diagram installation as part of the 2015 Sanctuary exhibition.
Credit: Viridian Skies

I am interested in natural distortion, relying on the precarious nature of radio as a creative medium for affecting and altering all sorts of material.

“While I have an idea in my head of how things will turn out, the final piece of artwork is completely reliant on the different types of material that I am sent between now and the start of the event. So, please, send me your responses!”


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