Archive for February, 2020

February 7, 2020


Ellen Levy is a New York-based artist and writer whose research centers on complex systems and is informed by collaboration with scientists.

“This exhibit is part of an art project called Re-Invention. My experience with augmented reality (AR) prompted me to update scrolls I had made soon after 9/11. I built up genealogies of related inventions by tracking patent drawings from data-base references in the US Patent Library. Many of the patents included those I had located during my art commission from NASA (1985). In my youthful fantasy of becoming an astronaut, I imagined the physical and technological obstacles I faced to be able to succeed. These works now speak to my own reinvention as an (older) artist engaging AR technology. When viewed through a tablet linked to an AR program, the designated patent invention within the scroll (a flight simulator related to coping with gravity acceleration) triggers a video that is virtually superimposed onto its space in the artwork. The video explores “Who Owns Space?” in light of such ongoing developments as the International Space Station and SpaceX. Related digital works on paper will hang nearby. Feminism is alive and well; the animation also asks, “Who Cleans Space?” — Ellen Levy