Before There Was Light / 2015
Video documentation (Silent): Haapsalu City Gallery, Estonia
Installation: glass from shattered wine bottles, plaster sculptures, video projection
During the polar night, Arctic landscapes have a very unique presence in extremely low light conditions. This piece is not focused on recreating an Arctic landscape, rather it explores how landscapes form for the spectator and how elements of nature give way for any shapes and forms to be unraveled in the vicinity.
Exhibited in "My Eyes Are Going Crazy, I am Trying to See Something But There's Nothing Here" with Erika Stöckel (SE)
Introduction to the exhibition:
In November 2014, Sten Saarits and Erika Stöckel arrived to the arctic island Spitsbergen to begin a month long research project revolving around the preconceptions and field analysis of the Arctic. The work in their polar residency began on the time where the sun had set for a long lasting polar night giving way to a very specific sense of surroundings. The investigation was focused on societies responsibilty for fragile eco systems, unraveling the environment and self-positioning in the chain of events.