One If By Night: A Ride Under the Cosmos

Magali Duzant, with work by Ella Condon, Sacha Vega, Clare Lymer, and Talia Smith
Presented in collaboration with Bike New York

Ride Date: Sunday, September 10
Meeting Time: 7:30p
Ride Length: 8 miles

Join Artists Alliance Inc. and Bike New York for a ride under the cosmos, designed and led by artist Magali Duzant. Riders will navigate between the sea and stars, wending their way along the East River from Queens to Brooklyn, creating a constellation of light along their way.

The group will travel between pre-determined locations, stopping along their way, to project a curated selection of artist videos (4-5 minutes each) out into the night. Ranging in size and aesthetic, each film will bring to life the group’s surroundings—from stars to comets, to the moon as a means of inspiration. The cyclists will travel through no man’s land, temporarily setting up camp under bridges, off of parks, at the side of buildings, or in empty lots, bringing these quiet spaces to life. Riders become both the messengers and the receivers, creating not only a mobile delivery chain, but a mobile audience.

In a city such as NY, in which we rarely get to see stars, projecting light back into the night becomes a response. As Carl Sagan declared in the opening of his 1980 book, Cosmos, “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be…Our feeblest contemplations of the cosmos stir us … We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”

Image: Ella Condon, Moonlight. Courtesy of the artist.

Featured Video Artists
Ella Condon
Sacha Vega
Clare Lymer
Talia Smith



Magali Duzant is a Queens based interdisciplinary artist. Her work combines the poetics of perception matched with a scientific approach in collecting data to examine the subjectivity of seeing and the roles of technology and translation as mediators of lived experience. Her work has been exhibited internationally most recently at the Queens Museum, Spring Break Art Fair, and Fridman Gallery in NY, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sydney College of Art and Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia. She has created several public commissions for BRIC and Memorial Sloan Kettering amongst others. In 2015 her book, I Looked & Looked, a collection of 20 views of the moon on the night of Hurricane Sandy, inspired by the synchronicity of a romantic letter exchange between Stieglitz and O’Keeffe, was published by Conveyor Editions. She was awarded a 2015 Queens Council on The Arts Grant for her public work, Live Streaming Sunset, a 2016 SU-CASA grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and has held residencies in Berlin, Italy, Sydney, and New York.  She holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design and a BHA in Fine Arts and Visual Culture from Carnegie Mellon University.


Sacha Vega is a photography based mixed media artist living and working in Brooklyn NY. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute, with a focus in photography and a minor in art history and she is currently an artist in residence at ARTHA Project in Long Island City. Through physical interventions and experimental presentation methods, Vega highlights the extrinsic factors that create value between a photograph and its viewer.

An Association, 2016, Video

An Association is video recording of the artist playing a word association game with the photographic catalogue of the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection. The Picture Collection began in 1915 as a circulating image resource and reference archive of prints, posters, and images from books and magazines for New Yorkers. Over a million images have been catalogued and key worded into 12,000 subjects, it is the largest of it’s kind in any public library system.

Vega lives in New York where there is no clear visibility of the night sky to the average city dweller. Its contents are obscured by light pollution, the urban environment and a general hustle and bustle keeps one looking ahead but rarely looking up. In an attempt to physically connect with a visual of the night sky, she sifts through the Picture Collection to see how other New Yorkers may have also consumed images of this space we can’t see or touch but know is there.

We start with a selection of images filed under “Sky”, then moves from key worded folder to key worded folder. The experience of looking becoming its own version of a game, the next association informed by the current paring of language and image.Ultimately, the work shows the perspective of one individual physically interacting with the contents of a massive public archive, adding to the history of fingerprints before her.


Clare Lymer is a lens-based artist from Galway, Ireland. Her practice is informed by an interest in the scientific and the creation of images that are temporal events. Clare’s interventions within the frame examine photography’s relationship with light, truth and presence.

Sea of Clouds, 2017, Video

Named for the lunar ‘sea of clouds’ (Mare Nubium located on the south west of the moons near side), this work plays with light and reflections to envisage imaginary celestial spaces between sea and sky. Filmed on a coral strand on the west coast of Ireland in a body of water connecting Ireland with the east coast of America.


Talia Smith is an artist and curator of Samoan, Cook Island and New Zealand European descent. Originally from New Zealand she is now based in Sydney, Australia. Her visual arts and curatorial practice utilises the mediums of photography and video to examine the emotional and physical traces we leave behind on the landscape, the histories we build and the ruins we leave. She has exhibited and curated shows at artist run spaces in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and New York with solo shows in both Australia and New Zealand. Smith is the founder and Co-Director of new artist run initiative Cold Cuts, is 2017’s emerging curator at Firstdraft and will be competing a residency with Bundanon Trust in August, 2017.

A long distance relationship (III), 2016-17

Perhaps I have always been drawn to bouts of nostalgia, never being able to really let go of anything for fear of forgetting, a strong desire to understand where I am going and where I have been always in the back of my mind. As I have grown older and am now physically removed from the country I was born and raised in for twenty nine years, I find this desire to remember and connect even stronger.

A long distance relationship (III) is the third piece of a year long video project that attempts to make sense of the emotional and physical distance between the past, present and the future. Part three uses the New Zealand Māori legend called Rona and the Moon to explore the bonds of relationships and how they can shape us.


Ella Condon is an artist working with expanded and experimental photography including moving image and installation. Her predominant field of enquiry is with notions of time and experiences of light. Her practice is site specific, including installation, sound and moving image. Her field of research responds to evolution, degradation and refraction of light across diverse media. Ella Condon works collaboratively with artist Magali Duzant under the collective name DuzantCondon.

Tracing Moonlight, 2015, digital video, 10:00min

Condon’s ongoing research reconsiders the ‘invisible’ spectrum of vision. This moving image work Tracing Moonlight was created in partnership with the Sydney Observatory and investigates methods of tracing and measuring the phases of moonlight, recording over a lunar month in winter. Filmed from Observatory Hill, the artist was interested in capturing the illuminated portion of the visible sphere during a blue moon and waxing crescent moon. The large non-visible region of its surface remains beyond reach, and remain in darkness. Initially an attempt to observe detail and therefore attain a closer understanding of its indentations from large impact events throughout its history, the direction of the work shifted. During filming, the gravitational field and atmospheric radiation waves interfered with clarity of magnification, at times causing the field of vision to appear to fade in and out of visibility. Here the work allows us to consider the vast non-visible spectrum of sight and its potential.