Sunset in Delft

Sunset in Delft is a sculpture that reenacts the everyday phenomenon of the sun sinking into the horizon, and it does so, inside of a city. This massive glowing body of light will be placed on the water, precisely at the crossing of three canals in the idyllic town of Delft – the place where scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and painter Johannes Vermeer possibly met, while pioneering experiments with Optics in the 17th century. The 360º panoramic view of this sun sinking on water subverts the usual perspective of the celestial star moving over the horizon.

Sunset in Delft will linger for three days and three nights, inviting for a durational experience. The public is instigated to linger, relish, perhaps feel its warmth and therefore, to be in the present. As philosopher Byung-Chul Han writes: “What we experience today as acceleration is only one of the symptoms of temporal dispersal. Today’s temporal crisis is caused by a dyschronicity which leads to various temporal disturbances and irritations. (…)The feeling that life is accelerating is really the experience of a time that is whizzing without a direction. (…) it is the atomization of time which is responsible for dyschronicity. It is also the reason for the feeling that time passes much more quickly than it used to. Due to the temporal dispersal, no experience of duration is possible.”

Mike Rijnierse and Ludmila Rodrigues have been collaborating since 2011. They both studied at the ArtScience Interfaculty and share a fascination for the ways human perception is constructed. Their works activate the public to navigate with all their senses and to re-learn how to see, hear and feel.

The work is commissioned by Highlight Delft Festival and it is supported by LucoLed, ProVlot, Stroom Den Haag, Publi Air and TodaysArt Festival.

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3D renders by Rob Bothof.