Stephan Barron: Night and Day

In association with the Experimental Art Foundation, ANAT hosted an artist’s talk in December by visiting French artist Stephan Barron. Barron elucidated on his research trips in Australia and Europe, outlining recent projects and his forthcoming installations Night and Day and Ozone as part of the Telstra Adelaide Festival. These two projects are a continuation of Barron’s exploration of telecommunication technologies, geography and distance.

Night and Day was described as an interactive telematic installation, mapping the skies and translating Ultra Violet light readings and video imagery into sound and colour to calculate the average colour of the skies of Adelaide and Sao Paulo in Brazil. Ozone is a meditation on the ozone layer, planetary independence, immateriality and telecommunications. Barron’s poetic works allow audiences to address questions of the sensuality of distance and the shrinking geographical boundaries brought about by new technologies.

Taking place shortly after French nuclear testing in the Asia Pacific, Stephan Barron’s talk raised discussion on France’s attitude toward the environment and nations in this region and the role art and telecommunications play in raising global awareness of regional issues.

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