And light Followed the flight of Sound 2018
On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse provided a rare opportunity for people across the United States to experience a collective encounter. Despite the prevalence of contemporary political and cultural polarization, more than 215 million Americans – 88% of the country’s total population – stood side by side and looked skyward together, sharing in a quieting, unifying act.
Inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of this unique occurrence, Dudik and Ragland invited photographers from inside and outside the path of totality to document and share their experiences. The resulting book, And light followed the flight of sound, features 85 images by 52 emergent and established photographic artists. Presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D., University of South Florida, the limited edition of 150 copies was printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve, also foil stamped. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun. Production of And light followed the flight of sound was made possible by a grant from the College of William & Mary Dean’s Fund; portions of the book were edited during a workshop with students from Duke University’s MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts program.
The book’s title references E. M. Forster’s 1909 dystopian novella, The Machine Stops, in which the human species has become completely reliant upon technology to provide sustenance, deliver information, and mediate relationships. Today, life imitates art, and technology – which once promised to democratize knowledge and provide deep connection – has infiltrated the most intimate moments of our lives, increased individual isolation, provoked partisanship, and proliferated fake news.
“In an age in which even acceptance of scientific knowledge has become incomplete, divisive, and politicized, the 2017 solar eclipse marked a sought after, albeit temporary, restoration of reason and scientific truth,” said art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D. “The photographs found in And light followed the flight of sound seek to restore viewers’ senses through an embrace of firsthand experience and critical visual reckoning of terrestrial – or celestial – facts.
“Through representational images of the natural world and works invoking historic photographic processes, figures stand agog as sublime skyscapes counter the quotidian in a palindromic sequence punctuated by reflections, phenomena of light and shadow, and geometric forms. Despite a wide variation of styles, approaches, and locations, the photographs in And light followed the flight of sound remind us of our commonality, advance a vision of community regained, and reveal the transcendent power of science and citizenship, activism and art, beauty and imagination.”
And light followed the flight of sound artists:
Ben Alper, Morgan Ashcom, Julia Bennett, Allison Beondé, Rachel Boillot, Christa Bowden, Aaron Canipe, Caleb Churchill, Daniel W. Coburn, Cary Conover, Mark Dorf Joy Drury Cox, Eliot Dudik, Matt Eich, Lisa Elmaleh, Annie Laurie Erickson, Jenny Fine Annie Flanagan, Adam Forrester, Jill Frank, Matthew Gamber, Nathaniel Grann, Meg Griffiths, Joshua Dudley Greer, Daniel George, David Goldes, Thomas Locke Hobbs, Frances Jakubek, William Knipscher, Shane Lavalette, Sophie T. Lvoff, Elise Kirk, Devin Lunsford, Paula McCartney, Lisa McCarty, Sarah Meadows, Lindsay Metivier, Brittany Nelson, Lori Nix, Greta Pratt, Thalassa Rasch.
Limited Edition, Handmade Accordion Photobook Featuring 52 Photographers
Edition Size 150, SOLD OUT
8x6x1 in. x 27 ft
Published by : One Day Projects