I finally made the chop and decided to split the two projects growing out of the testing boundaries assignment.
Hesperus is Phosphorus now exists as an Email Exchange Project, with a new home on https://www.hesperusisphosphorus.space/ where the audience can ‘subscribe’ to the daily emails. I updated the description:
Hesperus is Phosphorus sends you a morning star each day just before dawn while Venus is Phosphorus, and an evening star each evening just before dusk while Venus is Hesperus.
To sign up, please do so through the Subscribe tab.
Questioning how proprioception (internal perception which tells us what is going on in our bodies) is related to exteroception (external or sensory perception, everything outside of our bodies), leads to new interpretations of how the knowledge of something could be empirical (a posterioi, or verifiable by observation and experience) rather than knowable (a proiri, or independent of experience like mathematics, and deduction from pure reason). Debating the validity of both scientific and personal interpretations as valid means for knowing.
Everything above, and everything within provides us with the desire and the means to learn more.
The other compnent of the project, the actual star drawing exchange has grown to become Asterism Exchange and is ultimately the work I will share at Flourish Festival in April 2019. The online archive of drawings continues to grow daily at https://www.asterismexchange.xyz/
It’s description has been updated:
Focusing on myths of counting the stars as means of understanding the cosmos, and ourselves, this project has set out on the hopeless and endless task of counting and identifying all the stars. Each day one star is posted with the futile hope of cataloguing every star in the night sky one day.
All together the work becomes an ever growing digital collage, counting all the stars in the sky, making them touchable, in familiar materials and personifying them the way early cultures did to make the night sky knowable.
To be a part of this project and add to the growing archive, you can contribute a star of your making through the submit tab.
I have also made postcards for the submissions to be made on, and a small zine explaining the project. I will give away this zine, and one of my hand drawn or printed stars, in exchange for an audience submission. I see this as a very physical exchange of a gift, an acknowledgement of work, and the importance of looking and recreating as a way of coming to know the cosmos.
I will update again after the performance/collaboration happens.
Along side the testing boundaries I have been working on a book/map work that is using embossed paper to recreate the pattern of stars in the night sky.
these pages will be assembled to create a large fold out map, about 40″ x 80″ with an accompanying audio component.
I have used a contact mic to record my heart beat for 115mins, to account one beat for every star visible in the night sky. A tiny bluebooth speaker will play this audio embedded into the cover of the work.
Exploring embodied connections to understanding the cosmos, by translating the astronomical and relating the cosmos to the human scale, the work could play on loop to account for every star…
“We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” — Carl Sagan
I’ve been preparing to hang an exhibition at the Charlotte Street Arts Center in Fredericton NB from 12 April to 6 May.
I will be hanging the Seven Sisters Banners, giving away a zine with the seven poems and seven cyanotypes, and providing a qr code to link to the web project.
Its just been a time of figuring out hanging mechanisms, folding zines, and ensuring that the web component will be finished in time. It can be seen in progress at sevensisters.space.