Moving Image Art
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Camera Rosetum

Camera Rosetum was a site-specific public art projection installation, designed for the Archway concourse beneath the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Projection-mapped animation loops illuminated the span of the tunnel during the DUMBO Arts Festival. This was the first public event presented in the Archway on the occasion of its reopening, after being closed to the public for 20 years.

 This project was inspired by the cathedral-like nature of the space. Computer-generated rose blossoms and animated arabesques were projected as a kind of dynamic ceiling fresco across the Archway’s span, evoking Neo-baroque aesthetics of illusionism, spectacle, and the sublime.   Camera Rosetum   was cited among the Public Art Network’s ‘Top 50 Best Public Art Projects of 2009.’

This project was inspired by the cathedral-like nature of the space. Computer-generated rose blossoms and animated arabesques were projected as a kind of dynamic ceiling fresco across the Archway’s span, evoking Neo-baroque aesthetics of illusionism, spectacle, and the sublime. Camera Rosetum was cited among the Public Art Network’s ‘Top 50 Best Public Art Projects of 2009.’

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Dynamic Ornamentation

Dynamic Ornamentation

Traditionally, ornamental art is thought of as a stylized representation of nature used to adorn architectural space. Our contemporary experience of the urban environment is increasingly mediated by video screens, both immersive and personal in scale. Computer animation and video projection can transform such spaces, creating temporary zones of contemplation within the flow of media spectacle.

The ‘rose’ as a symbol is seductive, beautiful, and kitschy … but ubiquitous across time & cultures in its cultivation. Here it serves as a central motif in the creation of a digital ‘grammar of ornament’, and as a reflection upon the relationship between technology and nature.