Pharos of Alexandria as depicted in the Book of Wonders, by Abd al Hasan Al Isfahani
3 min Loop.
16mm/ HD / projection onto photographic print
Pharos Mirror is a film installation I created in response to Skansen area in Trondheim in April 2016, Norway. The work was part of a group exhibition hosted by Punktet and curated by Jeremy Welsh and David Breida.The work was located under the bridge inside of the grey house together with a work based installation by Johana Edgren. This was placed on the window that overlooks Skansen Lighthouse built in 1916, a hundred anniversary of its construction. I used different visual techniques such as analogue photography mixed with 16mm and digital film, a still photo as screen to project onto, then project onto it same image recorded in digital and analogue. I played with the optic nerve and perception of depth, creating a 3d volume image which presents an unidentified body at the lighthouse, playing with a mirror and the sun to bring the light out of itself. The techniques used evoke narratives of time and history, those overlapping on the quality of the medium. The optic nerve is forced to bring layers of images all together to be able to recognize them. I aimed to create a piece that activate the walk into the light house. The Mirror performance shows early old mirror technologies used for lighthouse communication to guide those who are navigating through the vast ocean, a place where darkness takes over.
The phenomenon of phototaxis, the fire in the night misleads the insects, confusing their navigation system. A brutal kinetic force that attracts them to a complete consumption of their body by fire. The light misleads and disrupts navigation. In contrast the beam of a lighthouse offers safe navigation of the sea. The lighthouse blinks a rhythmic, pulsing code as a warning of the land beneath for the seaman to avoid. Land against sea, the lighthouse orientates the navigation in relation to its omphalos stone, a stone taken away from the oracle after the murdering of the serpent. It resembles an insane eye, always looking to blight the darkness, it’s bright beam blocking the view of the Polaris. When in deep sea, the sailor uses the original navigation code.
2016 Pink Shoelaces. Presented by Punktet . Skansen. Film Installation. Trondheim.NO
Documentation : Pharos Mirror’s Film Installation 8-12 April 2016 from Nazare Soares on Vimeo.