Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Relay by Anita Cheng & Ronaldo Kiel
For more than a decade, we have used the computer as a tool to explore how digital technology has changed the way we view and experience life. Technology influences perception. Perception influences technology. By presenting this cause and effect in an exhibition, we search for a new life in the way we see the world.
The title of this exhibition alludes to the relay of information, which is the essence of learning. Tiny dancers and graphics pass from one of the book-sized screens to another, which become windows into the performance on this virtual stage. The effect is also reminiscent of how, as city-dwellers, we can see hints of very different lives as we pass by lighted building windows. The performance of the dancers is choreographed as if the dance occupies the full length of the cases, though we can only catch small glimpses of it through the individual screens.
Anita Cheng is the artistic director of Anita Cheng Dance and Ronaldo Kiel is an associate professor at Brooklyn College. They recently had a video installation at Oi Futuro Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a dance commission for the Ear to the Ground series at the Mulberry Street Theater in New York, and a commission from the 2008 11th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. Both have received prestigious recognition, including a residency with the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Cheng was also awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Brazil. Cheng received her MFA from University of Michigan and her BFA from The Colorado College; Kiel received his MFA from Brooklyn College and his BFA from the Art Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Relay is supported in part by a generous gift from Carla Shen and Chris Schott.