Jessica Angel: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
December 12 – February 22, 2014

Angel As Above So Below web

“The ‘Strange Loop’ phenomenon occurs whenever, by moving upwards (or downwards) through levels of some hierarchical system, we unexpectedly find ourselves right back where we started.”
-Douglas Hofstadter

‘That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.’ Thus, whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level.
-”The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus”

The solar system can easily be paralleled with the “basic” unit of matter, the atom. Operations of a colossal city are analogous to the miniature calculations of a computer. Phenomena of any system occur every instant, simultaneously, on small and large scales. I am interested in exploring these patterns and parallel realities, this duality between the vast and the minute. The deeper into the minute one goes, the closer one gets to understanding the large and vice versa.

I have chosen two specific analogies to embody the idea of the minute and the vast as equivalents 1) the relationship between the outer space and the digital information space and 2) the similarity between urban planning and computer integrated circuits.

To work around this dichotomy I will create an immersive installation that takes over the southern room of the AC Institute. I plan to “invert” these two ideas representing the “large” in a small scale and the “minute” in an outsized scale, emphasizing the concept of the strange loop and the cyclic patterns. The installation will make reference to the micro world of computers in relation with outer space phenomena.
-Jessica Angel

The installation will enable forms of collaboration among sciences, philosophy, music, art and sound design. Six sessions will be held during the exhibition period where guests will host lectures, performances and interventions around the ideas addressed in this project.

Follow the project progress here

In the frame of the exhibition AS ABOVE, SO BELOW By
Jessica Angel at the AC Institute NY. Dec 12th to March 8, 2014.

LiveFootage_image Thursday December 19th 2013 – 6 to 8 pm

Live Footage
Music Performance

Topu Lyo plays a 5 string electric cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind, and Mike Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Plain and simple, they are cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.

Live Footage is often described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring some of the most eclectic contemporary pieces in film, fashion, dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Topu Lyo plays a 5 string electric cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind, and Mike Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. The coherent complexity is what consistently wows new listener’s ears away. Plain and simple, they are cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic. To define this Brooklyn duo’s sound deems a broad answer. Elements of Dub, and Hip Hop can be heard alongside influences of psychedelic post rock, and jazz. They are equally at home playing underground Brooklyn loft parties, as they are playing concert halls. The NYC music scene has served as their platform for more than 5 years and audiences around the world have praised their work.

Nelson_Image Thursday January 16th 2014 6 to 8 pm

Nelson Ramon
Interactive and Technological Intervention

In collaboration with Jessica Angel, Nelson will build three-dimensional elements and incorporate technological components in order to increase the immersive experience of the installation. Sensors will trigger visual and audio narratives that will invite the audience to modify, alter and interact with the space and they way they perceive it.

Nelson Ramon graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP ’12) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, creating projects involving object fabrication, computer vision and generative visualizations among others. His Master’s thesis research, and on going project, intersects bioart, sustainability and biotechnology. He works in various scientific, academic, art and design fields since he got his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia. Nelson has been professor for the Arts department of Los Andes University, Javeriana University, and the Design department of Universidad Nacional de Colombia, teaching digital and electronic arts for graduate and undergraduate programs. He showcased his work in the Maker’s Fair in NYC on 2011 and 2012, where he won the Editors Choice Blue Ribbon for “In the wind”. Nelson currently works at Big Spaceship, a digital experience agency, and as a tech mentor for children and teenagers with HTink, the Makery and Mouse Corps NYC.

Jaclyn_Image Thursday January 30th 2014 7 – 8 pm

Jaclyn Avidon
Does Infinity Have a Size?
Talk / Astronomy and Mathematics

Jaclyn will discuss what the concept of infinity means in mathematics, and how we can show that there are multiple types of infinity. As long as you know how to count, you can see that just as infinity has many representations in art, it also has many representations in mathematics.

The following article is the basis for this talk:

Jaclyn Avidon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, a member of the Association’s Education Committee, the Chair of the Association’s School Outreach Committee, and an instructor for the Association’s classes. Jaclyn graduated with honors from Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. She spent over two years researching the subsurface conditions of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, including a summer spent at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jaclyn is a frequently invited guest speaker at astronomy seminars and currently works in educational technology.

Soler_Image Postponed:
Saturday February 15, 2014 4-6 PM


Performance Intervention

Soler will do a performance based, intervention work, responding to the place and time of the show as well as taking into account the people in its surroundings. Soler describes Jessica’s installation “as a space of sculptural extrusion”, where he will be making actions tangible in a visceral manner responding to this given condition.

Soler is a visual artist whose name was taken directly from the surname of a famous Colombian biker who suffered a brutal accident. Therefore the word “Soler” translates as a metaphor for resistance, will, survival and persistence. In this context, the artist gives special value to the processes that come with art making rather than searching for individual recognition. Soler triggers actions in performances and extends them to photography, painting, video and site-specific installations, building spaces where these practices are interwoven and the presence of the body can be read from its absence.

He has a BFA from the University of Brighton and an MFA from UCL, Slade. He has produced several large site-specific intervention projects responding to his life back in Bogotá. His most recent performance “Anticipación/Retrovisión” took place by the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, involving over 1500 people and concluded in a solo Show at the Museum of Santa Marta, presenting a large Installation work, product from this experience.

Thursday February 20th 2014, 6-8pm

Gilberto Castillo
Sounds Above/Vibrates Below
Sound Design

“Sounds Above/Vibrates Below” is a work based on a simple melody, which is deconstructed to slowly distribute its elements in simultaneous pitch and rhythmic planes, generating a spaced static texture. It shifts between synthetic sounds and field recordings of natural elements, human chants, city rumbles, and other soundscapes.

Gilberto Castillo is a Colombian composer and sound designer based in Australia, who has worked for experimental and short films, collaborated with several sound and plastic artists as well as working in music production and composition.

Jessica Angel

Jessica Angel is a visual artist living and working between Bogota and New York. Her recent and upcoming projects aim to foster cross-disciplinary initiatives. She was invited to represent Colombia as an artist in residence at the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, where she will develop a project enabling forms of collaboration among sciences, philosophy, music, art and new media. In 2013 she organized Pintura Abierta, a collaborative project that prompted the circulation of ideas about painting. In an attempt to consider this language through its practice, the creation and reflection laboratory gathered different proposals by Colombian painters by means of on-site paintings. The project took place in the Parqueadero space of the Museo del Banco de la República.

While living in New York City Jessica has been awarded the Teaching-Artist Residency at the Cooper Union, the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship (2012), City Walls with the Brooklyn Arts Council (2010) and the BOFFO Artist in Residence (2009). She has exhibited solo at Juan Salas Gallery (2012), The Museum of Modern Art of Bucaramanga (2008), at the Salamanca University Cultural Center in Bogotá (2008), at The Project Room of Los Andes University in Bogota and at Casas Riegner Gallery (2006 and 2009). Her work has been exhibited both locally and abroad in cities like Bogota, New York, Miami, Washington, Rosario, La Paz and Mexico. In 2007 she received an honorable mention at the 4th International Biennial SIART, Bolivia and at the 1st Drawing Biennial of the Americas, Mexico (2006).