Light in the Abyss

AT&T Performing Arts Center and Aurora present

Aurora Panel Discussion and Film Screening: Light in the Abyss

with Adrien Goujard, Loris Gréaud and Frank Dufour

7:00PM Thursday, October 15, 2015 Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201


Winspear, Level 4/Skyline

In the ocean, solar radiations are absorbed at different depths according to their frequencies: the red ones do not penetrate deeper than 5 meters, the green ones disappear between 30 and 50 meters. Only the blue radiations remain visible below 60 meters. Below 400 meters the obscurity is total. To survive in these regions, a few species of fish have developed specialized organs to produce their own light: the lanternfish have rows of photophores on the body and head; the Malacosteus Niger, or northern stoplight loosejaw, emits a red light, invisible to its preys.

Loris Gréaud’s long-term project and film, ‘The Snorks: a concert for creatures’, is the conception of an urban legend and a hallucinatory epic inspired by the discovery of a mysterious land, the world of the abyss. Today the depths of the deep sea remain a foreign space, in which recent discoveries literally call mankind’s acquired knowledge into question. Deep-sea creatures appear to behave peculiarly, adopting mystifying ways of life. The latest scientific observations have brought to light an astounding communication system: bioluminescence. Phytoplankton and other creatures use bioluminescence for various reasons, producing gigantic ‘clouds of light’ that are visible from outer space. Moreover, scientists claim that bioluminescence is the most widespread form of communication on earth.

Adrien Goujard is a researcher at the French Mediterranean Institute of Oceanology. He works on the processing and analysis of photos, videos, and data brought to the lab by submarine ROVs. Adrien is a naturalist, expert in the study of deep-sea wildlife.

Loris Gréaud is a young French Conceptual Artist. In the span of his brief yet dense career, he has produced an impressive body of work exhibited in the most prestigious museums, galleries, and art festivals worldwide: Pompidou center, Louvre Museum, Kunsthalle Wien, Miami Art Basel, Tate Gallery, Venice Biennale, Murcia Conservera, ICA London, and recently, in 2015 at the Dallas Contemporary.

Frank Dufour teaches sound design in the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas. An active conceptual artist Frank co-founded Agence 5970, an independent laboratory dedicated to conceptual art, using predominately sound to explore concepts emerging at the conjunction of perception and representation and of Time as a structural support of expression.

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