Heliographies of Memory: giant calligraphic text written with light

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘To Deploy the Natural Plan in All its Amplitude’, Heliographies of memory series, 2017. Radio Kootwijk, Netherlands.

Created by calligraphy and graffiti artist, Said Dokins, these giant light installations capture calligraphic gesture at the very moment when the action of inscription takes place. Have you ever written your name with a sparkler? Think along those lines, but on a much larger scale.

Written with light, the words disappear as soon as they were suggested by the moves of the calligrapher, invisible to the naked eye they just can be captured by a process of long-exposure photography that reveals what happened, even though no one could see it.

Through these ephemeral interventions with light calligraphy, Dokins captures the invisible, acting on air and featuring iconic places: historic sites, public plazas, monuments, bulwarks – abandoned spaces become re-signification spaces.

Using the Netherlands as his base, the works as part of ‘Inscription and Erasure’ were shot in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Heerlen and Arnhem.

Dokins lives and works in Mexico City. His cultural practice takes on contemporary art production, research and cultural management. He has put on curatorial projects related to urban arts and a number of political issues happening in his country.

For Dokins, every experience is a trace, a psychic impression that creates a texture in our symbolic universe. In that sense, calligraphy and graffiti aren't just on paper and ink, on the walls and spray, but on every event of our existence. Discover more at www.saidokins.com.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna ‘Inscripción y Borradura’ (‘Inscription and Erasure’), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Heerlen, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna ‘Inscripción y Borradura’ (‘Inscription and Erasure’), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Heerlen, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leo Luna, Heliographies, Schaesberg Castle, Netherlands

Said Dokins & Leo Luna, Heliographies, Schaesberg Castle, Netherlands

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘The return of the ghost’, Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Heerlen, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘The return of the ghost’, Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Heerlen, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘the issue is never abstract war, but always concrete war, specifically imperialist war, and that is a phenomenon of economic life WB), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Arnhem, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘the issue is never abstract war, but always concrete war, specifically imperialist war, and that is a phenomenon of economic life WB), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Arnhem, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘Desplazamientos’ (‘Displacements’), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Amsterdam-Noord, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leonardo Luna, ‘Desplazamientos’ (‘Displacements’), Heliographies of Memory series, 2017. Amsterdam-Noord, Netherlands.

Said Dokins & Leo Luna, Heliographies, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Said Dokins & Leo Luna, Heliographies, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Said Dokins & Leo Luna Heliographies, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Said Dokins & Leo Luna Heliographies, Amsterdam, Netherlands