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.
About the Artists
Sam Genovese creates works in video and sound art. He holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in Oakland and a BA from Baylor University. His installation |PATRIOT| and ongoing video series MOMENTARY will be exhibited at MUX: Asheville in July 2016. Sam is currently writing the libretto and composing music for the remaining two acts of ENTANGLEMENTING, his one-man opera. His latest album, HIVE CRUSH, will be released summer 2016. samgenovese.com
Sara Kerr is an Australian artist who calls Oakland home. She holds a BA from the University of Melbourne, an MA in Philosophy from Stanford University, and an MFA from Mills College. She has exhibited both locally and internationally at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Root Division, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Incline Gallery and Trocadero Art Space in Melbourne. Sara was awarded a graduate fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts and the Jay DeFeo Award for Excellence. sarakerr.net
Rachelle Reichert is a San Francisco based artist with an MFA from Mills College and a BFA from Boston University. She has exhibited internationally at the German Consulate in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Galleria il Sotoportego (Venice, Italy), SFMOMA Artist Gallery, Southern Exposure, Mills College Art Museum, and Minnesota Street Projects. Rachelle was awarded residencies at Planet Labs, Can Serrat in Spain, iHangar at the Palace of Fine Arts. She has received several public and private commissions including Red Bull, Inc. and the Boston University Medical School. rachellereichert.com