The world in Julien’s ‘After Lights Out’ is enveloped in near total darkness, with the exception of one lone source of man-made illumination. Julien invites the audience to imagine a world where the uninterrupted blackness of nighttime no longer exists – lampposts now mimic stars and smartphone screens pierce the dark, guiding you home. These singular sources of light amongst a sea of darkness, become “a mystical phenomenon”, as defined by Julien. The unknown narrative behind the lone light evokes an interweaving of anxiety and comfort: are we alone? The enigmatic series ‘After Lights Out’ comments on the significance of light: “In the darkness of space, light is a beacon of hope,” explains Julien. “In a world of black and blue, the single incandescence of a bulb could be the greatest promise of an adventure about to start.”
"In the darkness of space, light is a beacon of hope."