It can be hard to glimpse the stars in the night skies over our light-polluted cities, and in their stead many institutions and developments have introduced vivid colour-changing displays, attracting attention to themselves but generating more interference in their turn. Our environment, and the habitats of other species, are changed radically by these manmade illuminations as they turn night into day and obscure the natural dark. In Digital Skies, composer and multimedia artist Sonia Killmann contrasts lights both natural and manmade – star maps and the colourful constellations of cityscapes at night, enhanced by AI-created elements – in a peaceful, meditative exploration of these two separate but linked patterns. The accompanying soundtrack combines field recordings with live and recorded music, including Killmann performing live on saxophone and synthesisers.


A Cryptic Commission developed at IMAL Brussels and Art House Jersey.