THE SIX LAMP DIVIDE
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Process Room, Ireland, 2006
Media: Street lamps, magnets, aluminium, acetate, ink.
There are six street lamps between our studio/lodging, and the south wing of IMMA main building. We are turning them into revolving lanterns, where shadows of retired soldiers of the past who died here are projected around the entire space.
When night falls, we are gated in with the security guards. And the occasional visits from bygone residents, for whom the Royal Hospital was originally built. Surveillance cameras record fuzzy glimpses of shadows of the past and the present, meeting under the warm glow of this Six Lamp Divide.
Shadows come into existence only when light shines upon them. What a particular shadow looks like depends on where and how the light is shinning. May the light give them shape, and the winds bring them motion.