In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere

June 25 -August 7, 2015


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 peek 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.  

Performance Archive and Soundcloud

Sunday, June 28

Thomas Ankersmit, Konrad Sprenger, Sandy Gordon & Colin Fisher

Thursday, July 2

Stephen Vitiello, Leah Beeferman

Wednesday, July 8

Brian Chase, Leila Bordreuil, Neil Harbisson & Moon Ribas

Wednesday, July 15 

Antenes, Daniel Neumann

Thursday, July 16

MV Carbon, Seth Cluett

Tuesday, July 21

Hope Ginsburg & Joshua Quarles, Valentina AK

Wednesday, July 22

Phillip Stearns, Byron Westbrook

Thursday, July 23

Matana Roberts, Maria Chavez

Tuesday, July 28

Steve Roggenbuck

Thursday, July 30

Richard Garet, Bonnie Jones 

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