ROIL is an 8 channel video projection of expanding and contracting circles of white light onto a 2000 yard white mesh installation (35'Hx55'Lx28'W) at Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY) on view through 21 February 2016.
My most recent explorations have focused on the projection of plane geometries through various three dimensional networks to generate a dynamic mapping of solid geometries of light through space. In this installation, projected circles of white light expand and collapse through Smack Mellon’s cavernous space in a frenzy which harkons back to the roiling steam that powered surrounding factories.
Smack Mellon’s current home once belonged to Robert Gair, who patented his revolutionary design for a structurally sound three-dimensional lidded box folded from a single two-dimensional sheet of paper without adhesives in 1900. Industrialist Gair housed his widely varied paper product operations in several buildings concentrated in DUMBO. “Gairville” was fueled by tons of coal dropped through chutes carved out of the 4th and 5th floors of this former mill. Boilers in this vast hall superheated, churned and compressed water into hissing steam that pulsed through pipes and coursed into adjacent buildings supplying heat and energy. Racing progress and rapidly expanding industrialization, made possible by the relatively simple kinetic expansion of water into a vapor that could provide so many uses, was the starting point for my immersive, site-specific installation, ROIL. My installation stretches through the industrial hall offering opportunities to inhabit it’s passages, caves, nooks, hubs and low overhangs which become clear to the viewer as dark adaptation takes place.
A series of circles of light expand and contract as they travel over a wall mounted installation of netting articulating the intersection of cylindrical planes of light (projected circles) and the mesh installation. Two straight lines also interact with the material- one is a rotating radial line, and the other a spinning chord anchored at the center of the circle.
Languid was developed during my residency (The Expansive Field Project) at South Fork Natural History Museum in Spring 2013.
Expanding Circles by Christine Sciulli
Documentation of projection installation, Expanding Circles, the "Special Lighting Moment" during the Education segment at the Global CItizen Concert 2013. Thank you to Michael Trainer and Hugh Evans at Global Poverty Project for their unbelievable vision to end extreme poverty and for giving me a visual voice at the festival to help their effort. Thanks to Steve Cohen, Pablo Molina and the video crew for their tireless efforts. A huge shout out to Sigur Ros and their managers at We Are Big Dipper, and Beggars XL for allowing me to use Hafsól from Hvarf/Heim during the installation (not audible on this clip). All my gratitude to Cotton On Foundation for their commitment of 40 million dollars for education initiatives in Uganda and underwriting the cost of Expanding Circles. Concept: The power of One. Many Ones. Inspiration is Contagious. It begins with you. Be part of the movement to end extreme poverty.
Visual Concept: Rippling influence from a single voice (circle) expands outward until the audience is networked through overlapping, engaged circles which then reach out into a global call to action to help end extreme poverty.
Shot by the extraordinary video operator from a scissor lift where the projectors were located, this video shows a segment of Expanding Circles projected onto 2500 people in the 60,000 person audience. Projection mapping by Pablo Molina. (12) 25K Chrystie projectors with 2-2.8 lenses from atop 4 scissor lifts. D3 mapping software to cover a 300' x 125' area of NYC's Central Park Great Lawn.
Two channel HD video of circles expanding and collapsing projected onto nylon mesh within a 12' x 6.5' x 9' high plywood shell. Parrish Art Museum, 2013 Artists Choose Artists biennial show. Selected by artist Judith Hudson. Also shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Invitational Exhibition of Art.
Catching light has been a lifelong passion of mine. In recent years I have chosen to
focus on the projection potential of straight lines and circles of light. I have been
examining the perceived transformation and fragmentation of these straight and
curved lines as they are intercepted by physical networks made of various materials.
Materials used have been string, grass, and tree canopies, privet hedge, vines and
The viewer's line-of-sight reveals the deceit inherent in a single point of view. From
most viewing angles the "caught" light is perceived to be random and capricious but
when eyes are aligned with the projector, the simplicity of the projection of lines and
circles is clear.
Engulf is a two channel HD video projection installation. Circles of light expand and contract in place as they are projected onto an 8'x8'x6.5' wide installation of nylon mesh.
The intersection of circles of light and the mesh installation (warped surfaces) generate the perception of abstract moving lines because the circles are mapped onto the topography of the irregular mesh form and at any given moment reveal a planar section through the installation.
Simply put, the circles are projected through space and partially "catch" on some of the mesh's threads and pass thru the spaces between threads to the next threads.
Please see vimeo.com/xine/engulf for video documentation of this work at the Parrish Art Museum (and later at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.)
Propulsion was originally installed at the 2014 Art in General Gala (@ Root Studios NYC). 15' wide x10' high x18" deep. Single channel HD video projected onto nylon mesh using a 7000K Sanyo XVGA projector. Honorees at the 2014 Gala: Phong Bui (Artist, Brooklyn Rail) and Lisa Dennison (Sotheby's, Guggenheim). Thank you to Frederieke Taylor for making this installation possible, and to Art in General for their generous support. Thanks also to Root Studios and my two amazing installation interns Riley O'Neil and Stefan Weich.