Eric Corriel Studios

multidisciplinary art studio • immersive and interactive public art • video installations • art activism • nyc

Pool Portals

Site-specific immersive video installation, 2013

Nighttime photograph of a woman standing in the middle of a 8 inch high pool. Projected from above is a crazy multi-colored lightshow that covers her eyes in a ray of purple light while the liquid she's standing in (milk, btw) catches the purple, blue, and violet rays that fall around her.
Photo by Nils Ericson

“It’s like dancing inside a rainbow” — child Shown on Staten Island (NY)

Pool Portals is a playful, immersive interactive video installation inspired by thinking about what it may look and feel like to be transported through a portal. It was created for the Lumen Festival, which took place inside an empty Olympic sized swimming pool on Staten Island, New York City.

Opening night

Pools are transformative spaces and typically entering into one means a fairly dramatic change in one’s immediate surroundings. We like to “get our feet wet” and “take the plunge”—idioms that refer both to water and different ways we can navigate through unfamiliar territory. Generally when we’re in a pool, our body movements and the way we transport ourselves through space take on a character all its own.

Photo by Nils Ericson
Photo by Kevin Moore
Photo by Kevin Moore
Photo by Kevin Moore
Photo by Nils Ericson
Photo by Nils Ericson

This project takes the ideas and experiences that normally accompany being in water—particularly those that revolve around movement and change of surroundings—and moves several steps beyond the normal pool experience towards a new type of transportation experience.

Photo by Kevin Moore
Photo by Kevin Moore

Pool Portals runs for 20 minutes on loop and measures 12’ x 12’ x 15’. It was created with custom software written by the artist in Open Frameworks.

The blooper reel
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