Sunhouse Elevation/Sunhouse Azimuth

Suess, Eleanor [Artist] (2013) Sunhouse Elevation/Sunhouse Azimuth. (Film).


"Sunhouse Elevation" and "Sunhouse Azimuth" are two structural films which constitute a single dual-screen work dealing with the progress of the sun through a South London Victorian terraced house. This architectural moving drawing focuses on the spatial, material, and temporal qualities of light. In the film the primary occupier of the house is sunlight; the touch of the sun is a substitute for the touch of the viewer, allowing the viewer to enter the space through association with the light. Although the films appear to record a single day, the footage was shot over a longer period, the relationship between solar elevation and solar azimuth significantly changing from the earliest to the latest recordings. Both films use the same pieces of footage: the sequence of "Sunhouse Elevation" is structured by the sun’s angle of elevation above the horizon, and "Sunhouse Azimuth" by the solar azimuth calculated from due North. The resultant slippage of the sequencing of the two films becomes more apparent as they progress. The relationship between space, time and light is revealed to be variable, dependant not only on time of day, but on time of year.

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