Michael John Whelan
Video/Film
Photography
Objects/Actions
Paper/Sound
Text/Bio
Contact
News
The Good Soil
Frontier
Means of Knowing
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
The sun shone on the nothing new
2012
single channel video, colour, sound
88:00 min
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Filmed at Waterford Regional Airport in Ireland, all artificial lights at and around the airport were turned off and a plane was positioned in a direction designed to catch the progressing morning light, but excluding the sun itself. Through the real-time recording of the slowly advancing morning light, the viewer is confronted with a challenging durational experience. Camera, artist and viewer become observers. The subject, a commercially active ATR-42 airplane recently returned from London, becomes a barometer for the slow advancing light. The reduction created through minimal visual representation allows the viewer to enter an abnormal temporal relationship with the subject, creating both a tension and a shared experience.