Suns, suns, suns

"The Distance of a Day”, a 2013 installation by David Horvitz

David Horvitz, The Distance of a Day, 2013

I gave a talk and am publishing an essay on abundance in photography by way of suns by Gerhard Richter, Penelope Umbrico, and Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe (with the latter two suns as mediated through Flickr), so I was happy to see a new iPhone suns piece by David Horvitz, who I’ve been a little bit fascinated by since my husband introduced me to his work — which was evidently right about the time Horvitz made this piece.

As Blake Gopnik writes on the Daily Beast, Last February, Horvitz got his mom to record a video of the sunset over the sea near Los Angeles, where he was born and grew up. At the same moment that she was taping, he was at a point almost opposite her on the globe, in the Maldives, taping the same sun as it rose.

It’s nice that Horvitz preserved the physical connection to the actual people and the moment/experience of making the linked videos by displaying them on his and his mom’s iPhones. This seems important lately — honing in on the nexus of the human and the digital.
Horvitz has this to say on his website: Phones were chosen to make (and display) the video because they are devices that orient us spatially and temporally. They are like contemporary pocket-watches (and calendars) and compasses that we carry with us. They coordinate and synchronize us, as well as subject us. They broadcast moments instantaneously across distances. Or, what seems to be instantaneously. There is always some delay.

This, of course, I love — and better yet it is followed by a few words on distance, visibility, and impossibility. On his site the above text is crossed out. I don’t know why that is, but finding myself a little bit puzzled is in keeping with every other time I’ve looked up Horvitz’s work or projects.

I was sorry to see, though, that what used to be one of the best and strangest Wikipedia pages on an artist has now been cleaned up and is on its way to conformity with a more traditional biography.

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