“In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere” Exhibition

Fridman Gallery

poster for “In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere” Exhibition

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In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere is a site-specific LED installation conceived and built by the interactive design studio B-Reel, accompanied by a program of sound and spoken-word performances by various artists, focusing on relationships among living organisms, technology and the environment.

In his seminal book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, Timothy Morton applies Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology to describe human-made phenomena of such immense proportions and such profound, irreversible effect on the environment (e.g., carbon emissions and radioactive deposits), that these phenomena escape our comprehension.

Art is one, if not the only, discipline which might allow us to sneak a peak at the immeasurable nature of these processes. In Timothy Morton’s own words, “Hyperobjects are thinkable but not exhausted by (human) calculation. Art that evokes hyperobjects must therefore deal with their necessarily uncanny intimacy and strangeness.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Prana, a room-sized interactive sculpture, in which light sequences are triggered by participants’ breath, visualizing the unseen energies of our bodies. One-by-one, viewers are invited to stand inside the suspended sphere measuring 12 feet in diameter and comprised of 13,221 LED displays encapsulated in 5,422 feet of acrylic tubing. The installation is a metaphor for the dialogue that is still possible between humans and their environment, a technology-enabled meditation guided by the installation’s inexplicable aliveness.

The exhibition program includes performances by Thomas Ankersmit (modular synthesizers), Leah Beeferman (projections), MV Carbon (sound, video), Brian Chase (drums & drones), Daniel Neumann (electronics), Matana Roberts (avant-saxophone), Stephen Vitiello (field recordings), Steve Roggenbuck (spoken word), Maria Chavez (turntables), Phillip Stearns (electronics) and others.



from June 25, 2015 to August 07, 2015
See Exhibition's website

Opening Reception on 2015-06-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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