'The King of New Samothea' Full moon portrait.
People now make journeys from the city to designated places so that they can see the night sky once more. These modern pilgrimages give people new experiences and a chance to re connect with our natural heritage. In the cities we now look down at our devices to tell us where we are and to find our way. In the Dark Skies Park, this is not possible. There is a new darkness here – we are out of range, unable to use technology to see where we are and communicate remotely with others. If we draw its boundaries, we can ask questions, develop new narratives and consider further the nature of this new place.
'New Samothea' investigates these themes by creating a fictional new place, new narratives of modern pilgrimage and by exploring maps, meanings and metaphors for this new darkness. The work asks questions about the nature of place and about new technologies and their impact on the human relationship to the night sky.
Galloway Forest Park Dark Skies Residency with Robbie Coleman 2012/13
Image - Kirstin McMahon