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Robin Mandel: Chorus and Hold Still

Robin Mandel

Robin Mandel, The Hold Series: Hold #1 (Breathing), Hold #2 (Singing), Hold #3 (Screaming) (detail), 2015, mixed media installation with three two-channel video projection loops, 10′ x 33′ x 24′

Robin Mandel: Chorus and Hold Still

Robin Mandel's artistic practice combines sculpture, video projections, and collaborations with musicians. Harmonizing traditional craftsmanship with innovative technology, Mandel challenges conventional notions about time, light, sound, and motion. Swarthmore College is pleased to present both Chorus, a five-day series of sound and video projections designed for Swarthmore's north campus, and Hold Still, a List Gallery exhibition featuring a selection of multi-media sculptures and projections. These free and public events as well as an exhibition catalog were made possible by a Promise Grant from the William J. Cooper Foundation, which supports projects, lectures and performances by individuals who show promise of distinguished achievement.

After graduating from Swarthmore in 1997, Mandel received an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Since then, he has exhibited his art in more than fifty exhibitions, including at the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, and the Wassaic Project, New York. He has also exhibited in Montreal, Venice, Barcelona, and Jerusalem. He is the recipient of more than a dozen awards, including grants from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has taught art at the Rhode Island School of Design; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Maine College of Art; and Colby College. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Outdoor video projections and performance
Swarthmore College North Campus Commons near Science Center
Projections: November 5 - 8, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. each night & November 10, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Performance: November 10, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Incorporating video, sound, and live performances by student musicians, Chorus consists of a series of projections and a performance that will take place over five nights in the outdoor commons area bordered by the Science Center, Beardsley Hall, Kohlberg Hall, and Martin Hall. Over the course of the first four consecutive nights, large projected video images of singers will appear on the architectural surfaces of the north campus. Each night, the projection will successively evolve from a solo into a duet, trio, and quartet. On the fifth and final night of Mandel's series, he will produce a live performance to accompany the video projections.

Hold Still
List Gallery exhibition: November 8–December 15
Thursday November 8
Artist's Lecture, Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Public reception, List Gallery, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

The List Gallery will feature a selection of recent sculptures and video projections by multi-media artist Robin Mandel. A key work in the exhibition, Siren (2016), explores relationships between breath, sound, music. Mandel recorded singers using rotating cameras and displays the footage by using a device he designed to rotate projectors. The variable motion of both the recordings and the projectors results in an unsteady equilibrium—a visual vibrato. As in many of Mandel's works, simultaneous projections alternate between motion and stillness; disjunction and harmony.

Read the Robin Mandel [PDF] press release here.

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