Maybe in the Sky
Image courtesy of Lily Markiewicz
20 September - 10 November 2008
Visual artists Lily Markiewicz and Anne Robinson made two new and exciting video works for the planetarium dome. The films engaged with the shocking reverberations of this moment and its revolutionary after-effects, taking a fresh look at time and space.
The works were shown at the museum during the Liverpool Biennial, with daily showings in the planetarium.
400 years ago Galileo invented the telescope. Originally offered for sale as a magic toy, the telescope's profound scientific applications were soon realized and heaven and earth were turned upside down by Galileo's 'proof' that the earth orbits around the sun, introducing alternative 'heretic' views of the universe and our place in it.
Markiewicz and Robinson's videos engaged imaginatively with these concepts, creating shifting orbits, bringing the far-away near, questioning vision and perception whilst exploring this complex time-space revolution.
Markiewicz reconstructed scientific experiments into abstracted poetic moments, evoking multiple associations. She conjured up cosmic orbits, toy marbles and watchful eyes whilst testing our perceptions, memory and grasp on reality.
Video courtesy of Anne Robinson
In Robinson's work, a solitary rower made 'orbits' in the centre screen and progressed across the star-filled universe, momentarily lost, navigating film frames, telescopic visions and painted seas. These luminous sequences evoked the idea of imaginative time travel and refracted dream memories.
Both artists used an intense and heightened visuality, moving their images across the five screens of the dome, enchanting, baffling and engaging their audiences.