Nell Breyer at the Big Screen Project

As part of LISA’s partnership with the Big Screen Plaza, we will be showing three of Nell Breyer‘s works during the months of June and July on the Big Screen at the Eventi Hotel at 30th and 6th in Manhattan.  We are excited that Nell is working with us for this project!

Nell Breyer’s Bio as of June, 2011:

Nell Breyer was a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Program for Art, Culture and Technology and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 2002-2010. Her commissioned public art and installation works have been shown at Carroll and Sons, The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, Museo di arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Boston City Hall, The Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The World Financial Center Arts & Events, MIT, The National Academy of Arts & Sciences, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Art Interactive, Photo NY, Dance Theater Workshop gallery, La MaMa Galleria, Dance New Amsterdam and other venues.

Breyer’s choreography has been shown in New York (The Baryshnikov Art Center, The Joyce Soho, Judson Church, St. Mark’s Place, The Williamsburg Art Nexus); New England (MassMoca, The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, International Festival of Arts & Ideas); Canada (The MAI), the UK (The Place, Sadlers Wells Peacock Theater, Her Majesty’s Haymarket Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Bangladesh (The Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium, The Liberation War Museum); and Slovenia (Cankarajev Dom, TRNFEST).

Past grants, residencies and fellowships include: The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Baryshnikov Art Center/ Summer Stages Dance, Vermont Performance Lab / Marlboro College, Dance Theater Workshop ARM Fellow, Sadlers Wells’ Courtney & Jake Ulrich Award for New Media in Performance, Impuls Tanz Festival / DanceWeb Scholar, EEC Kaleidescope Award, The Suitcase Fund, LEF New England, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Art’s National Dance Project (RDDI), Cambridge Arts Council, Council for the Arts at MIT, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

Breyer continues active collaboration with international and US-based artists and scientists. She completed a BA in Art & Humanities (Yale), an MsC in Cognitive Neuroscience (Oxford), an MS in Media Arts & Sciences (MIT) and a Doctorate in Design from the Graduate School of Design (Harvard).

Breyer’s work explores how we perceive motion. She looks at contradictions between how we perceive movements—physically, in an instant—and how we conceive of them—constructing our understanding through the varied memories, modalities and image representations in the mind’s eye.

Here are the pieces that will be shown:

1)  FALLING_excerpt
created by: Nell Breyer
dancers: Goran Bogdanovski and Dejan Srhoj
run time: 5m 16sec

Part of the Houston Collection (2008)

This work examines how we read movement. Unlike a conventional horizontal timeline, the piece unfolds events downwards, from top to bottom, creating both a cascade of falling parts and a view of the moving body as a whole organism or collection of organisms.
The work is part of the public George R. Brown Convention Center Video Collection in Houston. Excerpts of the work were shown previously at Art Interactive and at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.

2)  JUMP_excerpt
created by: Nell Breyer
original HD footage: Wade Echer
athlete: Phil Clark
run time: 4m 38sec

Aired on MOOV-HD / VOOM network (2006)

This study of a semi-professional triple jumper, Phil Clark, (currently training for the 2012 summer Olympics), looked at how transformations of an athlete’s movement in aerial flight, reveal the air and landscape of downtown Philadelphia.
The video originally aired on the MOOV-HD / VOOM network  in Philadelphia in 2006.

3)  DTW_excerpt
created by: Nell Breyer & Jonathan Bachrach
with Goran Bogdanovski and Dejan Srhoj
run time: 3m 52sec

from the DTW gallery installation (2004)

The “I:move” series 2 was an installation and live performance for the gallery at Dance Theater Workshop (2004). The piece mimicked the ebb and flow of DTW’s ground floor. Like a skin between street and theater, the installation exchanged “normal” with “formal” movement. The piece integrated each passer by and their unique path, with a panorama of pre-processed choreography.  Technology in “i:move” highlighted the ways in which our attention can shift; enabling us to experience many, distinct ways of “perceiving” movement (change, volume, contours, symbolic form, time etc) .


June’s Leaders in Software and Art choices (a 60-min. loop that plays twice through in a two hour period), including works by Asya Reznikov, Matthew Richard, Nell Breyer, Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra, Benton-C Bainbridge and Brooke Broussard, and Deborah Johnson, will show on the Big Screen at the following times (schedule subject to change.  Please check schedule at before attending).

6/7 — 9AM-11AM
6/9/11 — 12PM-2PM, 8PM-10PM
6/21 — 9-11AM
6/22 — 7-9PM
6/23 — 12-2PM  & 8-10PM