In 2016 we worked on a project titled “Solstice 2016”, a pilot for an annual international internet celebration that allowed viewers and listeners to tune into 24 hours of live programming from around the world. Solstice 2016 drew from science, astronomy, and mythology to create a global communication platform for all sorts of indigenous and artistic celebrations, covering all of Earth’s time zones. Participants performed their Solstice art in whatever medium they choose, between the hours of 17:00 and 18:00 in their own time zone, or created performances in advance.
For over a decade Charlie Morrow and his friends, veterans as well as newcomers to the avant-garde music and poetry scene, have traveled the world over to produce, record, and participate in Solstice events and celebrations. From their combined experience came the idea to bring this multitude of events and performances home to anybody who wanted to learn more about these practices and rituals.
Viewers around the world were able to catch the simultaneous feeds throughout the Solstice period and add their thoughts to the Comment Stream.
We started our celebration at the International Dateline. Using the latest communication technology, we will follow the solstice moment and ‘feeling’ around the globe and capture all kinds of people’s experiences.
Martyn and Gabriel Ware acted as curators and composers for the project.