In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere

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B-Reel, Prana (2015), 12x12x12 ft, 13,221 LEDs, wire, 5,422 ft acrylic tubing, FadeCandy, metal, wood, custom software

Thomas Ankersmit, Jörg Hiller, Sandy Gordon, Stephen Vitiello, Leah Beeferman, Brian Chase, Leila Bordreuil, MV Carbon, Matana Roberts, Maria Chavez, Steve Roggenbuck, and Richard Garet


Opening from

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Fridman Gallery | 287 Spring Street

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm
Summer Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 12-6pm

List of Performances:
Thomas Ankersmit, Jörg Hiller, Sandy Gordon: Sunday, June 28
Stephen Vitiello, Leah Beeferman: Thursday, July 2
Brian Chase, Leila Bordreuil: Wednesday, July 8
MV Carbon: Thursday, July 16
Matana Roberts, Maria Chavez: Thursday, July 23
Steve Roggenbuck: Tuesday, July 28
Richard Garet: Thursday, July 30
*All performances start at 7:30pm

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.