Madeline Hollander’s Sunrise/Sunset, a live installation featuring ninety-six recycled automobile headlights which operates a perpetual world clock, will inaugurate Jeffrey Deitch’s second Los Angeles gallery space from September 3–October 22, 2022 at 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. Hollander highlights the choreography of the invisible systems that shape human experience.
The headlights form a global time zone map that performs with the earth’s rotation. As the sun rises and sets across the globe, the headlights react, turning on when moving into the night and off when entering daylight, blinking and shifting in real-time according to their location in the world. The result is an image of global connectedness emerging from the interaction between individual actions, technological automation, and cosmic forces.
Hollander’s work is a unique fusion of choreography and sculpture. She explores how the human body in motion negotiates its limits within systems of technology and daily rituals. Her performances and installations present perpetually looping events that intervene within spatial, psychological and temporal landscapes. Sunrise/Sunset continues her recent research into traffic patterns and instances of automation that attempt to align the body with the cosmos.
Fascinated by the responsive nature of headlight technology which reacts to movement, light and weather conditions, the artist syncs each column of headlights to a different time zone. In addition to creating a live and ceaseless global clock, the artist has developed a networked map and a cascading electronic dance. The installation is accompanied by an original score by the composer Celia Hollander.
Sunrise/Sunset was developed with the support of BMW as part of the BMW Open Work by Frieze program.
Sunrise/Sunset is Madeline Hollander’s second project with Jeffrey Deitch in Los Angeles. She created the choreography for Urs Fischer’s PLAY, presented at the gallery in 2019.