Benjamin Bergery . new media art
under construction

Current show:

with technology by Jim Campbell

(Loyola University Museum of Art)

December 4th, 2010
to January 16, 2011


Read the review
by Sigalit Zetouni
in Chicago Life,
the New York Times'
Midwest magazine supplement

Epiphany (detail)

This year LUMA will feature a digital Christmas.

, a new media exhibit by Paris-based artist Benjamin Bergery with technology by fellow artist Jim Campbell, consists of 3 installations, with 2 works based on biblical stories of the birth of Chist.

Angel.Mary.Bird (Light Annunciation) uses light rhythms to evoke the angel’s announcement to Mary that she will be blessed with a child.

Epiphany Triptych uses a looping low-resolution movie projected on to luminous screens to show the story of the Magi bringing their gifts to honor the baby Jesus.

Also featured is Confession 2, a silent dialogue between 2 bare bulbs that "speak" to each other with varying intensities.

Confession 2 - by Benjamin Bergery with technology by Jim Campbell
Confession 2 2010

The Epiphanies exhibition has a contemplative mood that is connected to a range of visual references, including Renaissance frescos and early cinema. The intent is to renew with the Renaissance tradition of storytelling frescos using digital textures informed by a cinematic lighting and grammar. The ambiguity of low-resolution images and abstract light patterns are intended for the religious subject.

Confession 2 and Angel.Mary.Bird were created for the LUMA show.

study of luma Annunciation by Benjamin Bergery  
Study for Angel.Mary.Bird 2010

Benjamin Bergery was a pioneer of interactive video art when he taught at MIT in the Eighties. He then worked in Hollywood, and taught at USC. He wrote a reference book about cinematography called Reflections: 21 cinematographers at work.

Bergery returned to installation art in 2005, seeking to combine his knowledge of filmmaking and digital technology by making new media art designed for churches, and other sacred spaces.

Bergery did a series of collaborations with his friend and fellow artist Jim Campbell, most of which were installed in the vast church of Saint Sulpice, a 17th century landmark on Paris’ Left Bank that is known for its Delacroix paintings.

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