Michael John Whelan
Video/Film
Photography
Objects/Actions
Paper/Sound
Exhibition Views
Text/Bio
Contact
News
Darkness had no need
In the black dark for good
Carapace
That we were to wait
Like force and matter
Only in
Lupus
20 Vertices, 30 Edges
and 160 Diagonals

In Embers (Dodecahedron)
Dune
Transit of Venus
Over the echoing gateway
Stars & Star
Shadowplay
Archway (diptych)
Darkness had no need
2017-ongoing
framed chromogenic prints, 120 x 150cm
/ single channel sound, digital audio player, amplifier, stereo speakers
(1/3) Next




This ongoing project explores the darkest locations in the world through sound and large format photography. Certified by different organisations, these sites are selected to provide the best conditions for viewing the night sky, away from the effects of light pollution. Each of the sound recordings corresponds to the length of time that the shutter is open for each of the analog exposures. They are installed in a separate space to the photographs. Directly connected with overpopulation, errant light pollution mortally affects migrating birds, Atlantic salmon and sea turtles. Within the area of Scotobiology it has been proven to disrupt the human cicada rhythm, leading to significant health problems. The title is taken from Lord Byron's 1816 poem 'Darkness', which was inspired by the 'year without summer', when a pall of darkness from sulphur clouds covered the earth after the eruption of Mount Tambora.