BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS NOVEL LIFT: A VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ANITA CHENG AND RONALDO KIEL March 22 - May 15, 2005
NOVEL LIFT: A VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ANITA CHENG AND RONALDO KIEL March 22 – May 15, 2005
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. Novel Lift: A Video Installation by Anita Cheng and Ronaldo Kiel will be on display in Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library, First Floor Grand Lobby at Grand Army Plaza from March 22 to May 15, 2005.
In the Central Library, the elevator hallway ends in a bare, blank wall. Novel Lift will be projected on this wall next to the Library's elevator, and will feature a virtual elevator where ordinary people enter and exit as elevator doors open and close. The people portrayed in the video represent the diversity of Brooklyn Public Library goers.
To add an element of surprise, famous literary characters make an appearance in the video alongside library goers. The costumed characters are protagonists taken from famous novels and other literary works selected by the artists. By inserting fictional characters into the video, the artists comment on the nature of reading, where fiction commingles with the reader's imagination and life. A recommended book list selected by the artists will also be on display.
Since 1991, Anita Cheng has been developing new media art projects in video, CD-ROMs, the Internet, DVDs and interactive art installations, based on the her own choreography and with the collaboration of artists from many fields. Cheng's company, Anita Cheng Dance, explores movement and perception through dance and technology.
Ronaldo Kiel received his BA from the Art Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and his MFA from Brooklyn College. Kiel's digital video and computer art work has appeared in international exhibitions and symposiums on art and technology, including the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria and the International Media Art Biennale in Poland. Kiel is currently an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College.
In 2001, Cheng and Kiel premiered D'Invenzione, an interactive four-channel DVD-video installation at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo. One month later, D'Invenzione was presented as part of the inaugural show of the Santander Cultural Center, Pôrto Alegre, Brazil. In 2003, Kiel received an Artist's Fellowship in Computer Arts, from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in collaboration with Cheng. They are both 2004-2005 Digital Fellows at Dance Theater Workshop in the Artists' Resource and Media Lab (ARM).
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.
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