Solstice
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1989, 15'00''

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Solstice: solstitium, midsummer and midwinter: the sun's position on 21 June and 22 December; the point at which the sun is farthest from the celestial equator. Hooykaas and Stansfield's 'Solstice' deals with orientation and communication, with nature and culture, with personal observation... They make a poetic connection between the solstice as a natural phenomenon and an event of cultural and historic importance. Because it was in December 1901, in the month of the winter solstice, that Marconi carried out his first telegraphic transmission (of the letter S) to England from what is now Marconi Beach in Massachusetts. Both factors are presented in a mysterious, almost magical light, an atmosphere which is emphasized by Uitti's music. Images, which leave much o the imagination, of the solar system and of a prehistorical zodiac are alternated with blurred and misty shots of people moving around telegraph poles. Dictionary and encyclopedia texts about the solstice and Marconi pass across the bottom of the image; their 'definitive' character contrasts with the images' haziness. Then there are the words that begin with S: sound, stress, stone, sony, science, static... And solstice is what you find yourself adding. Read more...

  • Date: 1989
  • Length: 15'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: collage, communication, history, light, perception, science, time