The Magnificent Sunbeam is a blog that documents my response to the sunbeam in my hallway at work. Since I have worked in this building, I have walked through it every day. Every day, its brilliance has caused me to pause. At a certain point, I became aware that it awakes a more immediate visceral and emotional responsiveness in me. I began to think of it at night, before sleep. I began to anticipate it in the morning. And yet, every day it was something different. In my mind, I began to call it the Magnificent Sunbeam. The Sunbeam, because it interrupts my routine, and my constant reproduction of dead conditions and selves, brings me into the present, and makes a wider potentiality of experience possible. Drawing on texts by Tiqqun, the Situationist International and Giorgio Agamben, it is a site at which the function of identities is interrogated, and it's rejection attempted. Readers are encouraged to contribute, and to anonymously find each other in the sharing of similar dis-associative experiences.
This piece was presented at MacArthur B Arthur Gallery in 2011.