Multimedia Artist Plans Interactive Project

SUMMIT — All ages are invited to participate in multimedia artist Eva Mantell’s Float and Jumble, an interactive community video project on June 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’ Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery. This event is in conjunction with the closing reception of the center’s Re:Design exhibition. Participants will enter a floating world of recycled objects and projected images and watch a live video of their interaction as they make their way through this jumbled world.

Visitors will have access to a variety of white materials including Styrofoam shapes and bed sheets as they are encouraged to play, build and dance with these objects as the artist films their actions. Animated imagery will be projected on the objects and the participants giving a sense of floating among the jumble. Images from nature such as water, land and animals will also play through the projections.

A range of music will accompany the interactive video project including dance music, silent movie scores and contemporary rhythms. The completed piece will feature a musical score created by musician Charles Ditto. Mantell plans to incorporate this video as part of her larger body of work and will acknowledge each participant by name in the finished piece.

Mantell’s multi-media art has been seen internationally, in projections and video at the Dada Festival in Dublin Ireland, at the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Belgium, as well as at the ICA Boston, and at LaMama ETC, The Knitting Factory and Nada Theater in New York City and at The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her exhibit start with an empty cup will be on view through July 31 at the Abington Art Center in Philadelphia as part of their Solo Series. Mantell resides in Princeton.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit.

Multimedia artist Eva Mantell will present “Float and Jumble,” a live, interactive video art project at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on June 5. This free event is suitable for kids, teens, and adults of all ages.

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