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One Thousand Points of Light

Author: Kerryn Fraser Published: 2nd October 2012 14:51

One Thousand Points of Light is an exhibition about light and looking. Over the last year Dutch artist Melvin Moti has been exploring the vast collections of National Museums Scotland. His new film and the objects shown in this exhibition make connections across traditional disciplines, combining the natural and the man-made, the ancient and the contemporary.

Moti's film Eigenlicht was made in response to the collections at National Museums Scotland. Shot on 35mm film, Eigenlicht flies silently around glowing, crazily-coloured rocks, or planets, or particles. Eigenlicht means 'intrinsic light', and Moti's fascination with these rocks is their apparent ability to produce their own light. Moti has said: "However dead the material of the rocks might be, they still seem to communicate to us."

Alongside his film, Moti has selected objects for this exhibition that exhibit a similar quality; a material ability to translate invisible energy into something we can see. From scorpions to scent bottles made with uranium glass, Moti suggest a different grouping of objects than is usual in museums, bringing a disparate group of objects together because of a shared phenomenon. Within the exhibition these objects seem to be the only sources of light in the darkness. Transformed under the UV light, they are completely different to their normal daylight appearance


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