//RESPONSIVE International Light Art Projects was successful in receiving a $50k grant to commission three new, site-specific light projects by Marianne Nicolson (BC), Cuppetelli & Mendoza (DET) and Christine Sciulli (NY). Each of the artists will be coming to Halifax in early 2019 to select sites, do on the ground research and give a public lecture at NSCAD University.
Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent. The Dzwada̱’enux̱w People are a member tribe of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Her training encompasses both traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1996), a Masters in Fine Arts (1999), a Masters in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005) and a PhD in Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History (2013) at the University of Victoria. She has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally and internationally as a painter, photographer and installation artist, has written and published numerous essays and articles, and has participated in multiple speaking engagements. Her practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability.
Christine Sciulli is a visual artist whose primary medium is projected light. “Her work consists of intersections of the geometry and an intuitive sense of how to use everyday materials to give a sense of “spatialization” – she plays with how we perceive the world around us in a way that leaves you with a kind of eerie sense of timelessness.”(Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky)
Sciulli’s ROIL was shown at Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon Gallery in early 2016 and it was awarded a Lighting Award (UK) and Lumen Citation from the Illuminating Engineering Society. Her work was included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. Her projection installations have been shown in numerous galleries and museums including the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Parrish Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, South Fork Museum of Natural History, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Edward Hopper House Art Center and Smithsonian Affiliate Annmarie Gardens, as well as in International light and music festivals. She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant for her public art project Intercepting Planes X. Christine was commissioned by the Global Poverty Project to create her installation, Expanding Circles, projected onto 2,500 people, for the 2013 Global Citizen Festival. Sciulli will have a solo show at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, and NY in February 2019.
Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli and Mendoza in 2010. They create installations and objects that combine physical elements with digital technologies, composing sensual, immersive and dynamic experiences. Cuppetelli and Mendoza stage an interplay of the analog and the digital sphere. In the tradition of Op-Art they develop responsive sculptures that focus on the interference of textiles structures and graphical digital animation. The full range of properties shows when visitors not only view but move and interact with work.
Based in Detroit, their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, the Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile and in festivals such as Nemo 2013 (France), Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil) and video_dumbo 2013 and 2011 (New York). They were selected as Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellows for 2015. Cuppetelli received a MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mendoza received a MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.