Second Sun – opening

  • Východoslovenská galéria, Alžbetina 22
  • 25. November 2022
  • 18:00

Nikola Ivanov (CZ) and Pau Saiz Soler (ES) created the multimedia installation Second Sun during the two-month media art residency organized by Creative Industry Košice in cooperation with KAIR Košice Artist in Residence. They will present their work as part of Art & Tech Days at the exhibition’s opening on November 25 at 18:00 in the East Slovak Gallery.

Nikola Ivanov (CZ) a Pau Saiz Soler (ES) počas dvojmesačnej mediaartovej rezidencie, ktorú organozovalo Creative Industry Košice v spolupráci s KAIR Košice Artist in Residence vytvorili multimediálnu inštaláciu Second Sun. Svoje spoločné dielo uvedú v rámci Art & Tech Days na otvorení výstavy 25. novembra o 18:00 vo Východoslovenskej galérii.

Second Sun

A satellite with a giant mirror was launched into orbit, the purpose of which is to illuminate Košice at night using the reflection of the sun’s rays. This completely destroys the darkness of the night and creates permanent day. Behind the ambitious plan is a local scientist and entrepreneur who sees in the revolutionary project the possibility of energy savings, ecological responsibility and the possibility of attracting the attention of the whole world. The project aroused the interest of the local mayor, who announced a local referendum, which ended with close support. But not everyone agreed. The most vocal opponent is an environmental activist who criticizes the project for disrupting the biological rhythms of animals, humans and other adverse effects. Together with others, she created a civic initiative that tries to prevent Košice from being illuminated from space. There have also been cases of illness due to exposure to permanent light. Is the satellite a revolutionary innovation that saves money and nature or it is just a megalomaniac nonsense that brings, in addition to high costs, negative health consequences? The controversy continues under the light of the so called second sun.

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The event is held in collaboration with the Košice 2.0 project, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.