Michael John Whelan
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Exit Pupil
The Good Soil
Frontier
Now the shadows I measure
From the Mountain
An echo and a shadow
Mercer
Baribal
The sun shone on the
nothing new

Reprieve
A Perfect Circle
Caisson
Assembly
Kindred
Clearing
Since
The Memoirs of a Madman
The Collector of Skies
And penance is the play
Cathedral
Exit Pupil
2019
single channel video, colour, sound
9:20 min
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Made in Bangalore over a year, 'Exit Pupil' looks at the diverse relationships that individuals and institutions have with the mechanics of astronomy, and how this can be connected to both personal and collective memory. Included are members of the Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers who build their own telescopes; damaged vintage footage from the Apollo 8 mission; planetary models in a science park; and a cold war era Zeiss telescope projecting sun spots. Throughout the film, subtitles intertwine an intimate narrative from the artists childhood memory connecting a traumatic experience with the beginnings of his love story with astronomy. The haunting soundscape is composed from a combination of ambient field recordings and stellar seismological recordings.