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Presentation // Thoughts on the Cyanometer

  • StoreFrontLab 337 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

This presentation begins with a brief history of the Cyanometer, a tool created in the 1700s to measure the density of the sky’s ‘blueness’, and continues as a meandering down many roads demonstrating how humans have always attempted to quantify things that are unquantifiable. With a strong emphasis on notions of desire, discovery and exploration in its many forms, Tunkl will discuss art works of all mediums, greater concepts and constructs such as time, and metaphysical explorations such as connecting with the dead. 

The discussion is part the exhibition, Thoughts on the Cyanometer, by Lindsay Tunkl, running concurrently with Dimensions of Time and Space, by Lauren Marie Taylor. The two projects, classified by StoreFrontLab as The Unknown: Inquiries + Assertions, probe metaphysical and cultural pursuits into the meaning of existence.

Dimensions of Time and Space
Dimensions of Time and Space is anexploration by Lauren Marie Taylor of the cultural constructions—historical, scientific, spiritual and metaphysical—that shape our understanding of what we experience as time and space. Through weekly workshops led by artists and thinkers, the public is invited to participate in the investigation. Youth groups are invited to reflect on their own understandings of time and space. Over the month, the StoreFrontLab project space will become a laboratory for presenting these ongoing inquiries. 

Thoughts on the Cyanometer
Collectively and individually, humanity has always strived to understand their existence in a world that often eludes them. Through a month long installation and a one night presentation in StoreFrontLab's new annex space, Lindsay Tunkl invites the viewer to explore constructs such as time, metaphysical inquiries, and art’s attempts at making sense of our existence in an interrogation of humanity’s many attempts to quantify the unquantifiable.