320 slides, a planetarium and a voice-over
Newark Museum of Art, 2005
For the culmination of a month-long residency at the Newark Museum of Art, I used the museum’s planetarium for an installation about travel, routines, and the earth’s rotation. Inspired by the planetarium's arcane use of slide projectors and dissolve units to create their sky shows (the IMAX of the day), I took 320 slides of commuters going through revolving doors at Newark and New York’s Penn Station and projected the stop-frame images onto the North, South, East and West coordinates of the planetarium's domed ceiling.
Revolve voiceover transcript:
When a day is six hours old, it has traveled one-quarter of the way around the world.
Then one-quarter of the world is having Tuesday and the other three-quarters are having Monday.
But when a day is eighteen hours old, it has traveled three-quarters of the way to Tuesday, and only one-quarter of Monday is left for another six hours.
Six hours later, the new day is half way around the world as it approaches the date line again and another day begins. The date line happens somewhere over the Pacific ocean, but it is not a straight line.
The World rests upon the Earth, and strives to surmount it, and for every step forward the earth is kicked back a little.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but because we live on a round world, the shortest route between any two points lies along a great circle.
And this circle, despite its great weight can be tilted and turned precisely without sagging as much as a thickness of a hair. The Earth tends to draw the World onto itself and keep it there.