Category: Ecological Group Work

Sustainable Cinema No. 4: Shadow Play

Wind-Powered Shadow Play

The silhouettes of the ancient art of Shadow Play are achieved by light penetrating a translucent screen, and this sculpture uses the rotation of the windmill as the power to generate the backlight for the presentation.

Additionally, the wind turns a series of gears and plates that animate the puppets and move the background diorama to create a one-minute shadow theatre performance.

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An Solas Sí is Gaeilge or Irish and refers to the will-o’-the-wisp light of forests, marshes, and swamps.

  • The = Aп (Pronounced Ahon (click here for sound)
  • Light = Solas (Pronounced Sallus (click here for sound)
  • Faiгy = Sí (Pronounced Shee, as in Banshee (click here for sound)

The Fairy Light is spoken of by many names, in myriad languages, across diverse faith traditions, deeply ingrained within folklore and legend around the world. Real or not, throughout the ages, fairy light has served as a storytelling device illustrating how a false but comforting, deeply held belief, some vain hope or goal, can easily lead us on, as if spellbound, to end in misery, bitter ruin, even death.

Λп Solas Sí is the inception cooperative and cultural liaison of the Ɍáıthold Cooperatıve Uпıoп, a proposed federated union of cooperative communities based on democratic socialist principles. We seek to create public-private cultural usability labs, a ‘communication by demonstration’ model, allowing people to experientially discover how such communities can work.

This is an innovation in cooperativism, intended for grassroots nourished more by knowledge and deliberation than calculated emotional appeal and overly simple quick solutions for deep problems that have troubled us all for generations.

Λn Solas Sí ΛгtScience
Ecocentric Live-Learn-Make Cooperative for Communications, Performing Arts, Content Development, Intellectual Property Management

“You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
R. Buckminster Fuller

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