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Black Square

Grace Weir


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Artist's biography

Grace Weir

Contributors

Cinematography - Jefferson Miller, Bobby Teten, Tommy Weir
Editing - Colm Farrell, Grace Weir
Sound editing - David Walker
Producer - Tommy weir, Janey Pictures
Director - Grace Weir

Synopsis

Black Square takes a documentative approach to the making of an image of the black hole that lies in the exact centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. Black Square documents the artist and the film crew as they journey across the Atacama Desert in Chile to the telescopes at the top of Cerro Paranal, where an astronomy team from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics are at work, observing the galactic centre. The trajectory of the film dissolves into limitations, both physical and conceptual, exploring the dynamic between what can be understood and what cannot, a mobile threshold where intuition meets calculation. Reaching the limits of the resolution of the telescope, the film ends with the crew and astronomers staring at the black pixel on a screen that contains the black hole, a place where the digital and the physical realm overlap and intersect at their boundaries.

Concept & Technique

The depiction of limitations, both conceptual, physical and representational. A double screen installation of two simultaneous films.

Screenings

2015 - 3 different nights, recurring Irish Museum of Modern Art
2018 - A Visibility Matrix, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Details
Title

Black Square

Year

2015

Genres

Cultural Commentary, Documentary, Narrative

Topics

Arts, Environment, Physical Sciences, technology

Key phrases

Astronomy, Science, Experimental, Film making

Language

English

Duration

00:40:00

Original formats

Digital HD

Screening formats

HDV

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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