MJ Sharp

Our Disappearing Darkness and Recreating True Night
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A vanishingly small percentage of our evolutionary time as human beings has been spent in artificial light. For a large percentage of the world’s population, the experience of night is quickly becoming a boutique and privileged one. When we are robbed of night—from seeing the night sky that fueled the world’s mythologies to experiencing our own creaturely human adaptation to the dark— what are we missing? Photographer MJ Sharp is on a 2021/2022 Fulbright Scholar Award to collaborate with Professor Kevin Gaston at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn to try to answer that question.

Cornwall is remarkable both for its concentration of prehistoric sites and for its dark skies. Archeological evidence from some prehistoric megaliths suggests that people were visiting these sites in liminal light or at night. Can an artistic simulation of the experience of being at these sites at night help us better understand what we’re missing when we live our lives awash in light pollution?

Carn Gluze Barrow, Cornwall, UK 2022 MJ Sharp
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Behind the scenes at Lanyon Quoit


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Behind the scenes at Trethevy Quoit

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Behind the scenes at the Merry Maidens

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Behind the scenes at Chun Quoit



October 2022 / Resource Center for Womein in Ministry in the South lecture links


February 2022 State of the Art Lecture

Lecture Links / Dark Sky Resources

December 2021 Arts & Culture Blog Post


Darkness or night story to share for the project? A momentary feeling or a podcast-length story.

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