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Light Transition

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Light Transition
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LIGHT TRANSITION, developed in 1981, is as yet unrealized. Light Transition is about remote viewing and observation. Throughout a single day, a series of live composite-image compositions of both the Atlantic and Pacific shorelines of the U.S. is broadcast at the start of each commercial break, concluding with the observation of a simultaneous moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean and sunset into the Pacific Ocean. Designed as a high definition satellite broadcast via a national cable television network, and NOW, as a low resolution version cybercast over the internet. Light Transition uses live multi-site remote imaging as a poetic observation and homage to the wonder and beauty of sidereal dynamics. It was through the observation of the night time sky that inspired the invention of the calendar (the conquest of time), and astral navigation followed (the conquest of space), which started western civilization's technological war against time & space -- and a cybertronic binge that has apparently caused both nature and the coporeal body to be deemed obsolete.

Cameras are positioned at the beach on both coasts, bringing the oceans together in a live split-screen image. Transmission begins when the light falls evenly over both coasts. Each transmission builds incrementally upon those previous, disclosing to our gaze those great cyclical patterns of shadow and gravity that marks the aspect and orbit of our planet through its circle of hours. When the project reaches its dramatic conclusion it becomes obvious that all the technology has been synchronized to observe a simultaneous moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean and sunset into the Pacific Ocean. With the help of computer scientists and astronomers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the exact times when both the sun and moon make contact the horizon was precisely calculated (including temprature and refraction compensations), to capture Light Transition's longest and final transmission. Project development supported by the National Endowment For The Arts, and a Western States Media Award.

Light Transition is a spin-off project of a larger Solstice Observation project that would broadcast the solar alignments and light projections at sacred sites and ancient stone observatories around the world.



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