The Sun at Night is an Arts Council England funded touring installation that explores our relationship to the Sun, and creatively disseminates the research and stunning images taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
One year’s worth of High Definition footage of The Sun has been condensed into a 30-minute film, accompanied by an appropriately deep and sinister soundtrack based on Solar activity data and imagery.
The Sun at Night is a constantly evolving work that is effected and embellished by local artists, musicians and collaborators at each location it is shown.
A live improvised performance, reacting to the footage, regularly forms part of the experience . Most recently it featured an improvised church organ accompaniment by Benjamin Saunders – Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds and an accomplished performer across a wide range of musical genres.
Beginning life as a collaborative research project during an extended residency at The University of Central Lancashire and the Solar Physics group, it has evolved into a moving work which offers: space for contemplation and a reflection on our place in the Universe.
October 2015 – St Annes Cathedral, Leeds City Centre (part of Light Night Leeds 2015)
January 2014 – Royal Holloway University (BBC Stargazing Live outside broadcast)
November 2013 – The covered market, Preston
“This is Art on a monumental scale and it achieves its ultimate purpose – to invoke awe.” – Ivor Tymchak, The Culture Vulture, October 2015
For further information and images, contact: David Henckel