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After Nature Had Drawn a Few Breaths

Three-channel video and nine-channel light installation.

Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Ithaca NY.

53-minute loop; 8 PM - 12 AM; April 14 - May 6, 2021.

"After Nature Had Drawn a Few Breaths" reclaims imposing concrete walls with environmentally inspired projections and lighting. Designed to encourage unique experiences with every viewing, the colorful pairings of visual media brightened the evenings of those passing between Cornell University's Central Campus and College Town.

Lighting followed the hues of natural processes: the swaying of leaves, beating of butterfly wings, sunset to sunrise, and cycles of water and growth to fire. Local video footage followed the changing seasons, using wind and river currents to animate its movement. While forces on land and in water played cinematographer for the lower channels, a third narrative-poetic projection presented collected photographs, poetry, and short video reflections on regional ecological phenomena and environmentalist action. Featured imagery included film photography of the 2019 Global Climate Strike and text from Nietzche's "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense."

A review by Stephen Yang for the Cornell Daily Sun:

https://cornellsun.com/2021/04/21/yang-what-is-that-outside-of-schwartz/

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