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Exhibit info: BREATHING- LIGHT | Oregon Center for Contemporary Art | Portland, OR

January 19 - March 10, 2024 | Artist reception March 2, 2024

BREATHING– LIGHT is an experiential video and sound installation that ponders the enormity of the intangible: elements too small to see – too large to touch. 


The complex movements within the Sun’s corona are visible as they rotate across three large, curved forms. Based upon how visitors navigate between the forms or position themselves in the space, the sculptural environment visually connects or separates. The shrinking and slicing of the Sun’s surface creates a scale shift. Either the Sun has shrunk to thirty-two feet wide,* or we’ve become approximately 20 Earths – 836,985,600 ft – tall. Simultaneously, volcanic smoke and formerly-tiny dust particles, encircle the space creating a connective atmosphere.


The elements of the Sun, on the Earth, and in our veins, can at times feel disparate, but when considered together, they are the tiny and immense things that connect us all. 


DIMENSIONS

Site footprint: 36' x 35'

Walls: 12' to 17'

Curves: length | height change

  1. 13' | 35" to 7' 10"

  2. 16' | 6' to 22"

  3. 13' | 8' to 32"


* The sun is 864,400 miles in diameter: about 109 times that of the Earth.

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BREATHING- LIGHT, installation views, Oregon Contemporary, 2024

  1. The Sun images are courtesy of NASA/SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.

  2. The imagery of the Sun used in this exhibit was recorded via the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelength of 193 Ångstroms (19.3 nanometers) which highlights a spectral line emitted by iron atoms that have lost 11 electrons (also known as iron-12 or Fe XII) at temperatures of 1,000,000 K as well as iron atoms that have lost 23 electrons (also known as iron-24 or FeXXIV) at temperatures of 20,000,000 K. The former represents a slightly higher region of the corona and the latter represents the much hotter material of a solar flare.

  3. This wavelength also makes coronal holes (which appear as dark regions near the solar surface) more visible. Coronal holes are the cooler areas from which solar wind streams into space at high speed.

Sneak peek: Installation preview, 44 seconds, 2024. Full documentation forthcoming.

  1. Georgie Friedman researched, compiled, and animated over 24,000 photographs of the Sun to create the videos in this exhibit.

  2. The imagery is from December 19 - December 31, 2023 at the wavelength of 193 Ångstroms.

  3. Footage of the volcanic smoke and dust particles was filmed by Georgie Friedman.

  4. The soundscape was created in collaboration with Radio Sloan.

CREDITS / INFO