The East Light: Live Streaming Sunrise(set)

Magali Duzant
Curated by Nazli Gurlek

On the occasion of the 4th Mardin Biennial 2018 (Mardin, Turkey)

On View: May 4 through June 4, 2018
175 Delancey Street @ Corner of Clinton & Broome

In the global world order perspectives on influence and power cycle through new stages. No longer do we live in a world in which one view point is accessible, instead we are swimming in them. In order to comment on such phenomena, every morning throughout the duration of the Mardin Biennial, the sunrise in Mardin is projected in real time on a screen facing the public from the window of a space in New York. Vice-versa the view of the New York screen live-streaming the sunrise in Mardin is seen on a second screen inside the Mardin Museum. This is an adaptation of the artist’s “Golden Hours: Live Streaming Sunset” (2015-ongoing) project for the 4th International Mardin Biennial utilizing the term “ex oriente lux” as a guiding force. Within the framework of the “Body Language” section of the biennial, the work invites us to listen to how our bodies may react to this virtual window into another world, an extension of perspective and a collapse of time and distance.

Special thanks to Essex Crossing for their support of the New York presentation of this installation. 


Magali Duzant is a Queens based interdisciplinary artist. Her work combines the poetics of perception matched with a scientific approach in collecting data to examine the subjectivity of seeing and the roles of technology and translation as mediators of lived experience. Her work has been exhibited internationally most recently at the Queens Museum, Spring Break Art Fair, and Fridman Gallery in NY, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sydney College of Art and Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia. She has created several public commissions for BRIC and Memorial Sloan Kettering amongst others. In 2015 her book, I Looked & Looked, a collection of 20 views of the moon on the night of Hurricane Sandy, inspired by the synchronicity of a romantic letter exchange between Stieglitz and O’Keeffe, was published by Conveyor Editions. She was awarded a 2015 Queens Council on The Arts Grant for her public work, Live Streaming Sunset, a 2016 SU-CASA grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and has held residencies in Berlin, Italy, Sydney, and New York.  She holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design and a BHA in Fine Arts and Visual Culture from Carnegie Mellon University.