63 Sunrises Without a Sun

63 Sunrises Without a Sun
/// Immersive installation by Sam Genovese, Sara Kerr, Rachelle Reichert
/// Inspired by the subterranean isolation experiments of Michel Siffre, who spent 63 days deep below a glacier in the Alps, the gallery space was completely blacked out, made dark and used as a jumping off point to explore isolation, time, and circadian rhythms

Credits
Visual art by Sara Kerr, Rachelle Reichert
Sound art by Sam Genovese

Exhibition
Ramon's Tailor Gallery, San Francisco, CA, July 7 - July 28, 2016

Project Statement
Siffre had no human contact while underground, but he did have one-way communication with the surface via a telephone on which he rang when he thought that a 24 hour span of time had elapsed. His task each time was to count from 1 to 120 with each number marking one second of time for a total of two minutes.

Siffre’s grasp of time — the feeling of time — slipped the longer he stayed in the dark cave. He experienced a compression of time wherein what felt like a single 24 hour cycle was actually longer.

The simple task of counting off two minutes over the phone eventually took him five minutes to complete.  For the sound piece, I chose to use Siffre’s “daily” calls to the surface as inspiration.

The sound piece is 1 hour 51 minutes in length. A 2 minute 17 second excerpt is below.

The closing night of the installation featured musical performances in the dark by:
foreignfire // improvised voice and movement
Curt Brown // modular synthesizer
KYN // electronic duo
Tom Weeks // improvised saxophone