‘Borrowed Light’ is a box-structure which holds a diagonal transparent slab lined on either side with photographic film, each displaying a different colour gradient.
A colour field emerges from the combination of the two overlapping gradients. The spatial arrangement of the two films and the resulting projected colour extends the 2 dimensional photographic medium into a three dimensional colour shifting object.
In the same fashion as traditional DIA slides are produced, the colour gradient on the film was achieved by the traditional three-color principle through exposing the photographic emulsion of the transparent film to red, green and blue coloured light to bring out an image.
The work was first exhibited in »On Earth – Image-making, Technology and the Natural World«
an exhibition curated by FOAM and that brings together the work of 25 contemporary artists who use photography, installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video, social media, image search engines, Google Maps, virtual reality and other visual tools to unpick our increasingly mediated and screen-based experience of the landscape.
»The sunset is arguably the most elaborately photographed natural phenomenon. It is also one of the most frequently reproduced visuals shared online. The artist collective Troika is interested in our collective tendency to freeze and frame this perpetually fleeting moment. Exposing a scroll of Duraclear film to RGB-light, the artists created a continuous sunrise ‘Borrowed Light’ (2018) – or sunset – mimicking our timeless pursuit to control nature by means of technology. The film strips are cut up, boxed and put on display like samples in a petri dish. Seen in profile the colours disappear, demonstrating that form and perspective fundamentally shape our understanding of the world. A loop of film, suspended on scrolls, references the optical effect of the ‘moving panorama’: a theatre prop used in melodramatic plays to create the illusion of a moving backdrop – the predecessor of motion pictures. The nineteenth-century technology presented the landscape as leisurely entertainment, much like watching the sunset on our holiday.«
– Hinde Haest, Curator FOAM