Les révolutions sidérales

A binary star system is composed of two stars that are gravitationally bound to one another, circling in mutual orbit. Astronomers identify different types of binary systems based upon the relation between the two stars. These observations describe not only their current state, but also suggest their future destinies. Les revolutions sidérales is a series of images that explores exchanges that occur between body-to-body elements that are drawn together. The exhibition gathers several components, including photographs, citations, and star-machines that take as their departure point astral entanglements and their earthly reflections.

This work is an extension of my ongoing interest in the connection between photography and astronomy. It is through an investigation of the early history of photography that I came to understand how photography is indebted to the development of the optical lenses first used by astronomers. Today, photography and astronomy continue to share a binding interest in light and time, as well as the exploration of that which lies beyond the visible and known limits of observation. Stellar photography bridges the distance between the terrestrial observer and celestial bodies to make visible that which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Like spirit photography, which also sought to depict the invisible world, these astral images acknowledge photography’s scientific properties, while simultaneously inhabiting the domain of the imagination.

Link to exhibition text by Claire Moeder

Link to an exhibition review by James D. Campbell


This project was developed in the context of a research residency at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and an artist residency at DAÏMÕN in Gatineau.

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