[May 8 – Aug 8] Scream Now by Valérie Hallier

Inspired by the French Medieval “crieur public”, ScreamNow is the first public screaming booth of an upcoming series. The artwork takes a fundamental yet repressed human expression to generate visuals. ScreamNow : Inside/Out reflects our current social distancing and deeply transformative times. The new set up expands in space with a studio, adding the concept of Inside/Out to the project’s original purpose of offering a sanctuary for people to scream their heart out. The screams generated from inside are released outside, shielded by the open booth structure. Recorded via a microphone in the booth, the screams are processed inside of the studio. Flower petals picked outside are covering the walls of the studio where the recorded screams are transformed into visuals and projected back in and out of the booth. The screamer can instantly visualize the power generated by her voice. Hallier’s work explores how control and its release color the dynamics between the natural, the human and the technological realms. Her multimedia work aims to break away from the patriarchal hegemony of vision as our primary sense. By stimulating all senses, the artist’s goal is to offer spaces where meaningful experiences can be created and new scenarii on being can be imagined.

Location: The Workings of Media [art and artists] at the Harvestworks Art and Technology House

Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island

Open to the public on weekends – Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Ticketed Entrance. 

ScreamNow: Inside out. Sunroom/control center where the sound of the screams are transformed into visuals. The walls are covered with rose petals creating a womb like atmosphere that echoes the primal scream of a newborn. Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island.
 ScreamNow: Inside out. Screaming booth outside of Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island.

Photo: Jelle Wagenaar

-“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.” Julie 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, and 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 Governors Island, Pioneer Works, NARS Foundation, Trestle Art Space and currently Harvestworks New Work Residency in NYC.  http://www.valeriehallier.com

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