Cosmic Tribe’s Achievement Unlocked! Dark Skies Gaze Back, which is an Interdisciplinary Art & Sciences exhibition has been recognized internationally by International Dark-Sky Association. Cosmic Tribe is also the first Pakistani Associate Member organization of the International Astronomical Artist Association working on Space & Astronomical Art.
The collaborative project focused on exploring the connection between effects of lights, sustainable fashion, digital design, and surveillance. The work was executed by IAU Dark Skies Ambassador & IDA (International Dark Sky Association) Advocate – Rayan Khan (Founder of Cosmic Tribe) and Ayesha M. Ali (Visual Artist), who designed a rebellious artistic expression through facial jewelry and costumes.
The goal was to share the message of the impact of artificial lights especially on the psychological health of the post-millennial generation. “Dark Skies Gaze Back” aimed at producing a visual exploration through experimentation by fusing traditional and digital techniques to talk about abstract ideas of light and its unseen effects in our life.
The completion and execution took 8 months but because of setbacks by COVID-19, the exhibition was postponed earlier. But the situation was also incorporated into the work especially in observing the drastic impacts of artificial lights on psychological health during the whole quarantine period of COVID-19, which disrupted the entire world including physical activities and induced the need for a virtual experience.
The inspiration is highlighted in a curatorial note, “While working for the cause of Light Pollution during the past 8 months, we tried to understand and investigate its effects on our environment and our bodies through multiple art forms and different mediums of representation. The effects include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, disturbance of biological clock and sleep patterns, irregularity of the circadian rhythm which we have tried to showcase as a journey, or a pross that we went through.”
In addition to achieving this feat, Rayan Khan also received an Award of Superstar of the International Dark-Sky Week 2021!
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