Novel Lift:A Video Installation by Anita Cheng and Ronaldo Kiel

March 22, 2005 - May 15, 2005
Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Novel Lift is a playful visualization that blends life and fiction together through the illusion of video art. The video installation, by Anita Cheng and Ronaldo Kiel, examines how illusion and imagination overlap in the act of reading. The artists explore the subtle perceptual connections and imaginative associations drawn between objects, projected images and the viewing.

Artist's Statements

We've created a virtual elevator at the end of this gallery hall with a video projection. On the video, the elevator doors open and close, just like those of the physical elevator. The people entering and exiting this video elevator represent a diverse cross-section of Brooklyn Public Library users. Mixed in with these Brooklyn residents are occasional characters in costume who suggest protagonists from famous novels and other written works. Whenever we read, the lives of these fictional characters and our own co-mingle in the imagination. "Novel Lift" is a playful visualization of this blending of life and fiction through the illusion of video installation.

BPL Exhibition, Anita ChengChoreographer and media artist Anita Cheng often explores relationships between the human body and technology. She has a M.F.A. in dance from the University of Michigan. She is currently artistic director of Anita Cheng Dance, a modern dance company, and a freelance media designer. Anita is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Hunter College Film and Media Studies Department.


BPL Exhibition, Ronaldo KielVisual artist Ronaldo Kiel uses the computer as a tool to explore how digital technology has changed the way we view and experience life. He received his B.A. in art from the Art Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. He teaches digital art at Brooklyn College. This summer he will create a site-specific video installation for the new Museum of Telecommunications in Rio de Janeiro.


This project is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.