Meditations on the cosmos have been a persistent concern for human kind since our emergence. Ritual events have been devised to heirarchically mediate between the universe, civilisation and the individual as a means to consider the position of our existence in relation to infinite time and space. This triad of universe / civilisation / individual is the tension for Waller’s newly reconstructed video work, Time Together. Within a new period of research, incorporating work produced at CAC Vilnius for the Baltic Triennial, the artist merges the ancient past of Mesopotamia together with present day scientific observations of solar storms.
As the title implies, the sun takes centre stage. For ‘SO-LA’ Waller departs from his more familiar framework of practice, by using scientific data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft that was launched on February 11th 2010 with a primary mission to last 5 years. Waller sets the scene by tenaciously stitching together terabytes of image data taken from outer space, viewing and investigating the sun from its deep core, through its outer atmosphere -the corona -and the domain of the solar wind. This solar data is set in relation to a bronze cast, reconstructed from a 3,000 year old near eastern antiquity ‘Sit Shamshi’, depicting a temple site and ritual to the rising sun.
To activate the elusive passing of time throughout the course of the exhibition, digital data of the sun is presented in unison with a moving architectural construct built for the exhibition. Moveable geometric solids are regularly shifted by invigilators temporarily dimming or cutting off the light to create a series of eclipses and relative changes in the dimensions of the exhibition space.
Mark Aerial Waller is an artist based in London. He has produced a significant body of video and event based works, for which he has developed a unique language and methodology. The spectator, art object and its relative position in space and time become a medium for a new modality of viewing. He supplements his practice with The Wayward Canon, a research platform for event-based interventions in cinematic practices, presenting events at Baltic Triennial, Serpentine Gallery and Tate Modern. Exhibitions include Barbican, Kadist Foundation, ICA, Tate Britain and the title work for Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction, Arnolfini 2012. He is represented by Rodeo and films are distributed by LUX.