Andrea Galvani, Installation view of The End [Action #1], 2013-2015
Multichannel synchronized video installation. 16mm film transferred to HD. Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York. Photo: Charles Benton © 2015

The End [Action #1]

Developed over two years of research conducted in the United States and Mexico, The End is a trilogy of exhibitions unfolding in multiple manifestations.

The End [Action #1], an Art in General New Commission, is a site-specific, multichannel video installation documenting one collective action, an homage to the heliocentric model of our solar system championed by Galileo Galilei, father of modern cosmology. Over the course of months, Andrea Galvani coordinated with local cameramen to film the sunrise along the eastern coastlines of five different Central American countries. On January 8th, the anniversary of Galileo’s death in 1642, the event was filmed in over 30 different locations simultaneously. Discrepancies between atmospheric conditions, the sensitivity of 16mm film technology, and the movements of each individual manifest as a prism of time and space. The architecture of The End [Action #1] was conceived as an ephemeral monument — pedestals of light designed to be used by seven vocalists whose voices activate and enliven the space at different times throughout the exhibition.

Andrea Galvani, Installation detail of The End [Action #1], 2013-2015
Multichannel synchronized video installation. 16mm film transferred to HD. Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York. Photo: Charles Benton © 2015
 

Andrea Galvani, Installation detail of The End [Action #1], 2013-2015
Multichannel synchronized video installation. 16mm film transferred to HD. Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York. Photo: Charles Benton © 2015

Andrea Galvani © 2015, Still from The End [Action #1] 16mm film transferred to HD
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York.
 

Geological time began with the first sunrise: a recurring event representing the primordial chronography of our planet's movement around the sun. We are part of this continuum for a brief moment, a single oscillation in the pendulum of cosmic existence. The End presents the opportunity to witness the sunrise ad infinitum. Juxtaposing a multiplicity of perspectives, the horizon is expanded into a unified visual field and subjective perception is transformed into a new singular vision.

Galvani’s work seems to defy distinctions between visible and invisible, continuity and temporality. The End challenges the idea of boundaries as points of separation, instead suggesting points of contact. Boundaries change position, accumulate power, produce energy. They define topologies and conditions of differential equations in mathematics; they govern the laws of physics. Boundaries can be political, geographical, or psychological territories. Horizons are the perimeters of perception, both sensitive and cognitive. With The End, Galvani seeks to extend our experience of the horizon’s spatial and temporal limits, articulating their physical and conceptual elasticity.

Andrea Galvani, Installation detail of The End [Action #1], 2013-2015
Multichannel synchronized video installation. 16mm film transferred to HD. Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York. Photo: Charles Benton © 2015

Andrea Galvani © 2013-2015, Still from The End [Action #1] 16mm film transferred to HD
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General, New York.