site-specific video installation
installation view at Taller Boricua, New York, NY
Nayda Collazo-Llorens' interactive, multi-channel video installation, Reverberation PS72/107, constructs a spatial narrative that explores the phenomenology of architecture. Through an examination of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center's building, history and context, she investigates the elasticity and transient nature of public spaces: fragmented, complex places that echo and embody our memories and negotiate our past, present and future. The work incorporates a series of videos focusing on the building's original architecture that reverberates in the gallery through video feedback and projections. The viewer's body is also captured upon entering the space, altering the projections in the room as well as reverberating on the walls. Resounding within this in-flux of spacio-temporal experiences is an audio component that integrates the voices of long-time East Harlem residents. Layered within the gallery are oral histories of El Barrio-ites whose relationship and memories to the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center span the early history of the building as students of the grammar school up until today as a Latino cultural center where they now come for arts and cultural events. Reverberation PS72/107 builds a complex audio-visual topoanalysis-one that permeates the physical and psychological boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.
(excerpt from the press release)