Borrowed Light is a large scale installation that transforms the Lightwell of the Barbican into a setting for an artificial infinite loop of infinitely shifting colours inspired by sunset and sunrise.
A suspended mechanised structure slowly moves a 24m-long scroll of photographic film acting as filter that changes reality rather than recording it.
Troika often applies high and low technology to the use of non-material or ephemeral media such as light, colour or water to frame experience as something fractured and transitory rather than absolute. With this installation Troika continue their research into the ways technology mediates our relationship with reality and how the digital world increasingly reaches out into the physical one.
The work takes inspiration from the strange and mysterious intertwined ontology of reality, photography, cinema, virtual and augmented reality, and technologies whose role it is to effectively double, alter, recompose and edit reality and the duration of things in the world.
The structure as well as the idea for a man-made version of a sunset was formally inspired by moving panoramas and the potential they offered to blur the boundaries between experience and physical spheres, natural and manmade spaces.
Moving panoramas were the very first form of moving media, the one that paved the way for future motion pictures, and eventually any technological medium that enables the illusion of an alternate reality.
Often depicting grand scenes of nature, moving panoramas redefined the sublime to incorporate the material. It made the sublime accessible to every person by becoming an everyday commodity and backdrop for a new form of social interaction.
You can read an interview about ‘Borrowed Light’ on the Barbican blog here.
5 June 2018 - 30 May 2019