Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty
Revolving Twilight


December 6, 2009 – January 30, 2010


Revolving Twilight is an immersive video/sound installation inspired in part by tales from nautical lore, notions of optical phenomena and illusion, and neurological case studies exploring mental and visual perception, fragmented or dwindling memory, and cognitive disruptions. The piece investigates the sometimes ethereal interaction of light with physical matter or form that results in unearthly mirages, often referred to as fata morgana. These otherworldly occurrences are specifically visible in apparitions of ghost ships refracted in a flickering ether. Floating, hovering, and capsizing, these elusive visions are thought of not only as portents of doom, but also sources of wonder and spectral beauty. Using a wide spectrum of media as well as sculptural elements and structures, Revolving Twilight is an open-ended hallucination without a beginning or an end, combining moments of exuberant chaos with serene beauty and rest. Engaging minimal yet evocative images buoyed by a mesmeric sound score, this ever shifting installation traverses the terrain of visual delusions and altered states of consciousness.

Created by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.