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Darkning, 2012, Photography by Tom Legrady

Ceal Floyer - Berlin, Germany

Darkning 2012
Video Installation

38 - Richmond Adelaide Centre
130 Adelaide Street West

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

Known for her acerbic wit and precise minimal gestures, Floyer has applied her uniquely literal approach to
"nuit blanche" (white night) and created Darkning, a complex bit of wordplay that starts with that familiar yet
thrilling celestial drama of lightning. While "nuit blanche" asserts only a poetic lightening of the night, lightning
can indeed render the night white. Using stock footage of this phenomenon and reversing it from white to black
actually intensifies the brightness of the image. Thus, by re-rendering it in negative format and reversing its
name from lightning to darkning, we are bestowed with the thunderous silence of an oxymoron, a contrary pun
perfectly suited to the occasion.

Artist Biography: Ceal Floyer (Canadian, born 1968) is based in Berlin. She attended Goldsmiths College
and works in video, sound and light projection, drawing, and sculpture. Most recently her work was seen in
Canada at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal in 2011. She has also participated in
exhibitions at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; Portikus, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthalle
Bern; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; and in London at Tate Britain, and Institute of
Contemporary Arts (ICA).

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