63 SUNRISES without a sun is a collaborative installation inspired by the subterranean isolation experiments of Michel Siffre. Three artists—Sam Genovese, Sara Kerr and Rachelle Reichert—use Ramon’s Tailor to explore what it would be like to be underground and disconnected from the natural rhythms of light and darkness that create discrete days for humans.
About 50 years ago, Siffre ventured 375 feet down into a subterranean cave beneath a glacier and spent 63 days there. He saw 63 sunrises without a sun. He was cold and wet. He read Plato. He went mad for a day, sang at the top of his lungs and danced around in tights. Ice fell on him. He made friends with a mouse but accidentally crushed it to death. He contemplated suicide. He called the world above and counted for them. The days had no markers—no morning or night—only darkness. His body kept time, but his mind lost a month. Two minutes, for him, became five.
In this installation, the artists investigate the materials of a cave—salt deposits, bodies of water, rocks with cracks and crevices, and stalagmites and stalactites; they replicate the sounds of the underground, the echoes and the delays; and they simulate shafts of light and dancing apparitions on cave walls.
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