A large-scale video installation dedicated to the highs and lows of losing touch with reality.
The Altar to Our Lady of the Shining Silver Sun / El Altar a la Señora de la Luz del Sol Plateado is an interactive Latin American altar that mixes technology and Latin American customs to examine the mystical versus the mythical, and more specifically, what may be a vision versus an actual break with reality (psychosis). It takes its name from a supposed miracle that occurred in Portugal, where a whole village supposedly saw the sun turn into a huge silver orb that descended upon a religious procession.
The Altar to Our Lady of the Shining Silver Sun tells its story through retablos, colorful tableaus that mix image and text that were most commonly found in Latin American churches during the 19th century. They were kind of like Thank You cards to God for a miracle or other moments of divine intervention. The project consists of an altar made from found materials with seven hand-drawn retablos that animate when sensors perceive you getting closer to the altar. As you see the different layers of the retablos, you're given the sense of the extraordinary, a sense that you are living out a moment of magic in everyday life.
I was recently chosen as one of 20 or so artists to be participating in the Selección Promerica exhibition to be held at the MARTE museum in El Salvador April 26, 2012 through June 12, 2012. From there, a jury panel will pick just six people to go to BAVIC (Bienal Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroaemericano) in Panama in November later this year. I hope to be one of those six.
The project is a large-scale installation (roughly 6' x 8' x 2') and relies on a lot of equipment (monitors, sensors, video cards, a Mac Mini) to make it work. I previously made this once before as my thesis for graduate school and I was able to use equipment borrowed from school. This time, I need to raise about $3,600 for the equipment. This is where you come in– I can't do this alone.
Chipping in means you will not only be in investing in emerging and interactive art, but you'll actually be helping spread the word in El Salvador and other communities in Latin America of just a hint of what's possible when you mix traditional art forms and customs with some of the digital tools now available. This is an idea that can expand and ideally will come to include the voices of the people engaged by the project, hopefully creating a unique platform for expression on issues of the sacred/profane and on issues of mental health/moments of losing touch with reality.
TO SEE THE RETABLOS: Visit www.shiningsilversun.com to learn more about the project and see it in its previous incarnation. Thanks for your support!
PHOTO REWARDS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elytton/collections
More on retablos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retablo
Original score by composer Angélica Negrón. For more information on her and to hear samples of some of her amazing work visit www.angelicanegron.com.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Anything helps! You will receive my undying gratitude and special thanks on the www.shiningsilversun.com website.Estimated delivery:
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A set of (3) signed postcard-sized prints of the retablos (see shiningsilversun.com for images) + special thanks on the shiningsilversun.com website.Estimated delivery:
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A set of (4) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints of the retablos + special thanks on the shiningsilversun.com website.Estimated delivery:
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CD featuring original music and score from Angelica Negrón (composer of the piece's score) in brown sleeves featuring original hand-drawn artwork (by me) + set of (5) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints of retablos of your choosing.Estimated delivery:
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Pick (3) original photographs that inspired or are related to the theme of "The ordinary becoming extraordinary in Latin America" from a set on the "PHOTO REWARDS" link to the left. Signed prints range from 5x8", 8 1/2 x 11", 11x17". Also, the CD mentioned above.Estimated delivery:
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I will paint (with markers and paper) a retablo based on a story you tell me. Your retablo may be part of future exhibitions of the altar + (3) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints of the retablos of your choosing.Estimated delivery:
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I will animate your retablo and send you a DVD of the video, along with original artwork. Own your own piece of video art! + set of (3) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints + CD.Estimated delivery:
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I will make a custom object using wood (some from colonial times!) from the project and make an offering in your name. This offering in the style of the altar will be yours to keep + I will animate your retablo (see above) + set of (7) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints + CD.Estimated delivery:
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Using digital frames and carefully selected found objects, I will make a mini-version of the altar that you can have and hang in your house. (Approximate size of screen is 15"). Own a completely original video art piece that features an animation of your story... + set of (7) signed 8 1/2 x 11" prints + CD.Estimated delivery:
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