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Project Premiere: Ken Nintzel's "You Are Here" in BAM Next Wave Festival

October 3, 2013



Ken Nintzel (2009 Performing Arts) premieres his Creative Capital-supported project, You Are Here, during Next Wave Art at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). There will be an opening reception for the visual art projects in the festival in the Peter Jay Sharp Building Lobby (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn) on Monday, October 7 from 6:00-8:00pm.

You Are Here is a modular installation that recreates the constellations of the night sky in physical form, as they are depicted in celestial atlases, and suspends them overhead to create a life-size stellarium. Each animal and human figure has embedded LED lights plotting the stars that make up the constellation. As the sun goes down and the natural light dims, the figures become silhouetted and the lights within them become more pronounced, bringing the forms back to the star patterns from which they originated.

"This project," Nintzel writes, "continues a transformation that began in antiquity: taking one dimensional points of light in the sky and making them into shapes, assigning them names and identities, then illustrating them in two dimensions, and finally, creating them in three dimensional, sculptural form—bringing them to ‘life’."

You can read more about celestial atlases and how You Are Here developed on our blog, The Lab.

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