Night Drawing is part of the current research project “Light at Night — What is the matter of/with darkness” being undertaken by Chantal Meng. The aim of these nocturnal journeys is to better understand the process of a mediated environment and to trigger novel, socially engaged approaches to nighttime exploration.
The increased use of artificial light in cities significantly transformed the atmosphere of the night during the nineteenth century (see for example Disenchanted Night by Wolfgang Schivelbusch). This change in the appearance of the urban night shifted the practice and perception of it. The research project is a study of contemporary urban night settings along the dimensions of place, media and identity.
Chantal Meng is an artist, researcher, creative director and PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, supported by the Stuart Hall Foundation. In 2015 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue research into aspects of darkness in contemporary society at Parsons, The New School in New York. She was a co-founder of the studio POL and the art space Grand Palais, both based in Bern, Switzerland.