[Artists Studios] Governors Island 2020: Valérie Hallier

Valérie Hallier’s: Scream Now

ScreamNow: Inside/Out

Planned as a screaming booth displaying visualizations of the screams produced by visitors inside the booth, ScreamNow has evolved to reflect our current social distancing and deeply transformative times. The new set up expands in space for the screams and their visualization, thus, in addition to the project’s original purpose of offering a sanctuary for people to experience screaming their heart out. 

Flower petals picked from the outside world are covering the walls inside of the studio where the screams will be recorded and transformed into visuals. The screams from inside each of us will then be released outside in nature, recorded via a microphone on a pole and processed inside of the studio to be projected back outside using projection mapping onto the open booth structure where each person can in turn scream. 

“Don’t Touch Me” 2020, Trestle Art Space, H: 8 x W: 10.25 x D: 1.5 ft, pressed rose petals, adhesive paper, glue.
Possible simulation with the inside of the studio view

The screamer will instantly see the visual manifestations of her screams around her.

Inspired by the French Medieval “crieur public”, the full Scream Now project combines an app and a screaming booth. The artwork takes a fundamental yet repressed human expression such as a scream and offers a sanctuary to scream out in public spaces while generating a transformative experience for the user. Each scream generates a visualization seen outside from an LED screen wrapped around the booth, and eventually visible on the user’s smartphones via the app.

Photo: Jelle Wagenaar

Valérie Hallier’s multiple-media work consists of series and installations that portray a contemporary character while exploring the dynamics between the natural, the human and the technological realms. -“Hallier’s work follows an integrative continuum that utilizes technology as tool and object, generating an exquisite tension between the humanistic and mechanistic sense of Being.” J.Escalona. 

Hallier’s early multimedia work has received prizes at ACM Siggraph (FL), SCAN Arts Symposium (PA), Ars Electronica in Finland and Anima Mundi in Brazil. She has shown her work internationally, in the US with most recently a solo show at NARS Foundation this past February 2020, at BRIC Arts Media, MediaNoche gallery and CAS Arts Center in New York. In Europe, solo shows venues include the ESAM in Caen, France and Nadiana Idriss gallery in Berlin, Germany. Group shows in the US include Trestle gallery, A.I.R. gallery, BRIC, Brooklyn Council for the Arts and Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn, SVA Flatiron gallery and Tribes galleries in Manhattan, The Housatonic Museum (CT).

Hallier worked on a commission for the Drawing Center (NYC) and was selected for BRIC’s first edition Biennial in Brooklyn. Residencies include LMCC Swing Space artist residency on Governor Island, Pioneer Works, NARS Foundation, Trestle Art Space and currently Harvestworks New work residency in NYC.  http://www.valeriehallier.com

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