Black (W)hole

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  • BLACK (W)HOLE Installation 07.15.13, for guide
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Art + Science Collaboration with Sara Mast (art), Chris O'Leary (animation), Cindy Stilwell (film), Jason Bolte (music), Charles Kankelborg (physics) with physics advisors Nico Yukes and Joey Shapiro Key.

Design of an interactive and immersive experience. Through somatic engagement that involves the whole person the installation engages mind and body, expanding the viewer's capacity to imagine and wonder. Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

In this work, the body is privileged as a site of knowing along with vision and hearing. The viewer's embodied experience of stepping into a black hole, surrounded by morphing images of the 100 year old Einstein equations which led to the discovery of black holes, activates a non-discursive mode of sensing, symbolizing, and visceral knowing. Through embodiment, the viewer's scientific understanding and aesthetic engagement is embedded in concrete, lived experience.

Responsible for collaborating with the entire team, working closely with Visual Artist, Sara Mast, to design the experience, producing over 12 architectural renderings throughout the creative process as The Einstein Collective shaped and honed the final installation ideas, and helping to install at venues including The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, and Central Square Theater for MIT's Cambridge Science Festival.

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