How to see in the dark, 2017, single-channel video; 12:37
Using an overhead projector and improvisational techniques with paper, light, and sound, Downey reconstructed their fear of total darkness and connection with the night sky. Fear is understood as physically, psychologically and socio-political entangled. How we orient ourselves in the world towards safety and belonging is a phenomenology that directly impacts our production of knowledge, and how we map places and peoples. Desire for intimate connection with people and place becomes the catalyst for personal and political transformation.
Music in collaboration with Dewey and the Ticks: Shala Miller, Brian Trelegan, Farah Al Qasimi, Wesley Chavis, Grace Chen, Christopher Carroll, Erik DeLuca. Voices: Shala Miller and Wesley Chavis. Lyrics by Kerry Downey. Thank you Dewey and the Ticks, Erik DeLuca and Michael Demps for audio assistance. Thanks to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Triangle Arts Association for your support. This work has been deeply influenced by Sara Ahmed's "Queer Phenomenology," and particularly her citing of Franz Fanon.