'Zeitgeber' is defined as a natural phenomenon that regulates the body's circadian rhythms, an innate prompt that tells us when to sleep. Andrew Sunderland interpreted this in his 2020 exhibition at Gossamer Fog, using his artwork to comment on the 'unproductive' nature of sleep and it's relation to capitalism. The faceless, melting figures in the installation instantly connect with the audience as the synthetic flesh seemingly labours to stay awake, fighting the inevitable liquefication. The flickering candle contrasts the stark light in the room and nods to the phrase 'burning the candle at both ends' this difference in light sources relates to the use of device screens and how this inhibits melatonin (the sleep hormone). This piece is successful because it is relatable to almost any viewer and prompts a reassessment of day-to-day life in relation to sleep, consciousness, capitalism and electronic devices.
- Nonnie Arnott, second year photography.