After a grueling three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, renowned timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan are proud to introduce SKYGLOW; a hardcover photo book and timelapse video series exploring North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.
Featured by rock legends The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, BBC Earth, National Geographic, Time, National Park Service, and over 1000 media outlets, SKYGLOW images and videos have been seen by over half a billion people.
The work we made by Alison Bennett and Megan Beckwith, titled ‘Virtual Drag’, is a virtual reality experience featuring encounters with 3D scans of drag queen and drag king performers made with photogrammetry. The virtual reality experience goes for about ten minutes and comprises of four scenes built around the personalities of six drag personas. The personas are: the magnificent Philmah Bocks, the divine Art Simone, the knee weakening Transylvanian Gypsy Kings, and Jackie Hammer, who is simply a bit of a hot mess really….
Virtual Drag is a passive VR experience where the viewer takes on the camera point of view and traverses four scenes where they encounter the drag personas. The work was designed for presentation in a gallery with a non-tech literate audience within the constraints of a limited timeframe and budget.