Project Description: Project Black Hole is a media art installation by Scott Portingale that is debuting at the 2019 Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Using mathematical models and theories of gravitation as inspiration, Scott has created a set of black hole sculptures for the gallery environment. These sculptures are brought to life by projected media that was photographed using in-camera cinematic techniques, giving the sculptures a visual dynamic of the light and matter surrounding the event horizon.
Artist Statement: Black holes are one of nature’s deepest mysteries. They are a cosmic boundary of both physical reality and knowledge. Similar to gravity, the mystery of black holes draws us closer and piques our interest at the potential that lays beyond the event horizon. The fact that we discovered these structures through mathematics a century before observing them brought to my attention that mathematics is not only a pursuit of measurement, it is an observational tool. A probe into the unknown, that carries our imagination to its limits. My background in experimental filmmaking, coupled with an obsession with science, led me to create this work inspired by one of the greatest examples of natural phenomena in the cosmos, the black hole.
Artist Bio: Scott Portingale is a director and animator living in Edmonton, Canada. Scott’s multimedia approach to making films blends in-camera techniques such as time-lapse and stop-motion animation into films with themes rooted in the natural world, the scientific pursuit, and the human experience. His short films have been programmed across multiple platforms including international film festivals, art galleries, and installations, and have won a handful of awards along the way. One of Scott’s more recent films, Infinitude, was curated as part of Vimeo’s “Staff Pic” collection and was featured by arts and cultural blogs such as Wired, Gizmodo, Petapixel, and Fstoppers. Scott’s commissions and collaborator list includes Panasonic, Change for Children, CUSO International, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, and the Alberta Treasury Branch.
Artist walk-through’s will take place 4:00pm, October – 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.