Solar Orders

Kent Chan

11 October 2021

Two-channel, Full HD videos with sound, 17′. English, Spanish, Moroccan with subtitles in Spanish

Solar Orders comprises twin montages of historical and contemporary images and videos. It combines filmed and found images from art history to DJ booths, from weather reports to street parties in an eclectic and dynamic mix. The montage examines the contexts, politics and proliferation of the many aesthetics of heat that derive from the regions of the tropics, where their solar proximity bestows heat in abundance. Such aesthetics are often charged with vitality, vibrancy and visual complexity, while being presented at a time when the Earth is simultaneously warming. Weaving a path through colonial legacies of representation and rhetoric about the tropics en route to its future time, this mix of images and sounds offers a contribution to the sliding scale of the thermopolitics of temperature.