Janet Echelman: Art, Tradition, Technology — Lecture

When: 15.10.2015
Where:  The Institute of Intermedia, FEL ČVUT, hala H25, Technická 2, Praha 6
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Světelná instalace Janet Echelman

Lecture by American artist Janet Echelman who presents her installation at the SIGNAL Festival.

This spectacular seven-meter installation by American artist Janet Echelman creates an expansive net that floats in an ethereal manner over the heads of the viewer. This combination of monumental forms with apparently light materials creates an unconventional conceptual canvas for a play of light created by variable waves of contrasting colours.

The concept of the work is inspired by the interconnectedness of terrestrial phenomena and systems. The artist used data from NASA laboratories (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the USA) and NOAA (the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) related to the effects of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, which caused the shortening of Earth days by 1.26 microseconds. The shape of the net is defined by the various heights of Tsunami waves across the ocean.

Visually and conceptually this engaging installation invites not only festival visitors but passing pedestrians to pause and contemplate.

American artist Janet Echelman excels in all categories and definitions. Her unique sculptures and installations on a monumental scale change depending on the effects of wind, water or light. Echelman became inspired in India by the lives of local fishermen, and she began using unusual materials for her installations, such as fishing nets. In her work, she combines traditional crafts with the latest technology, and she cooperates with experts from various fields, ranging from aviation engineering to rural architecture and light design.

She has been awarded several times for her work by the professional public. She earned the prestigious Guggenheim and Fulbright scholarship as well as several other important prizes and recognitions, in recent years, for example, from the Smithsonian Institute, the Society of Architects in Boston and the Aspen Institute.