The Light from Below

THE LIGHT FROM BELOW is a site-specific interactive light and sound environment in the cavernous Fort Jay munition magazines addresses our collective culpability in fueling the military industrial complex.

The works present phases of a cannon’s ‘life-cycle’ – sale, manufacturing, deployment, firing, and consequence. Visitors interacting with elements are exposed to the corporeality of war and bloodshed.

In the profound disconnected from the act of killing in warfare through technology (drones), media spin, and a prevailing societal rhetoric of euphemisms for sanctioned murder, THE LIGHT FROM BELOW intends to reconnect the individual in a simple, meditative, interactive experience.

Interactive light and sound installation by Chris Jordan, Jamie Leo, Enki Andrews and Sean McIntyre. Part of the FIGMENT NYC Festvial, held June 7th and 8th, 2014. Installed in the Fort Jay Magazine on Governors Island. Special thanks to Andrea Lindstrom, Colin and Noah of the Parks dept. (and really the whole parks staff), Ester, all the support from FIGMENT, and the Trust for G.I.

The Light from Below from Chris Jay on Vimeo.

Tower Epoch at STEAM

Tower Epoch at STEAM

Tower Epoch at STEAM

The installation, Tower Epoch, part of the STEAM (Stem+Arts=Steam) exhibit at ArtsWestchester, is on view from May 20 – August 16, 2014. Artist Reception: May 10, 2-4pm.

This exhibition explores the intersections of science, technology, engineering, math and creativity. Inspired by the STEM to STEAM dialogue in education, this exhibition presents artists using the interdisciplinary concepts of STEM to explore how science, technology and art overlap, interact, and innovate. Presenting imaginative possibilities that are poetic and pragmatic, aesthetic and forward-thinking, each of these artists employs a deeply personal vision. They bring a reflective and often transformational perspective to our complex world through the open-ended, questioning language of art.

Curated by Patricia Miranda

STEAM flyer

31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10601

Tower Epoch

I have a light sculpture in this group show at Central Booking on Ludlow, opening Feb. 6 2014. The piece, titled, “Tower Epoch”, is composed of timelapse footage projected, reflected, off mirrors. The footage was captured in 2013 from the Queens Plaza Clock Tower.

I’ll also be on a panel discussion
Art & Science Panel:
Time and Again: Retrograde Paradoxes
Friday, March 7th, 7:00 pm
Carlos Cuellar Brown, Dr. Frederik Denef, Chris Jordan, Ellen Weiner, Thomas Parker Williams
…where artists and scientists have an opportunity to discuss their common interests.

Time and Again
Opening February 6th, 2014
21 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002 (LES)

Hours: Thursday-Sunday,12-6 PM
Subway: F to East Broadway


This is a new site specific installation that captures the movement of a swing and creates an immersive visual experience. Momentum amplifies the sense of weightlessness experienced at the apex of change.

This was part of the Monitor Digital festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.

This whole project is a collaboration between many people, without who’s support this would not have happened.

Programming by Josh Goldberg, super big thank you! And special thanks to Enki for coding, shooting, connecting and making. Will never thank these two enough. Thanks Josh and Enki.

Glory Road

September 18 – 21, 2013
12 – 1:30pm & 4 – 6pm
(20-minute performances on loop)

Grace Plaza
1114 Avenue of the Americas
(at 43rd Street)
An Arts Brookfield Commission

The Nerve Tank, a world-class theater innovator, brings the woeful myth of Sisyphus to the Grace Building Plaza. Sisyphus, a daring and clever king who outwitted the gods on many occasions, is sentenced by Zeus to the absurd and eternal fate of pushing a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down. The Nerve Tank’s interactive encounter with this story features a 6 1/2-foot metal sphere pushed along the Plaza, overseen by a dancing Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Sisyphus’ labor is to play the “boulder” in narrative order, which is filled with technology that triggers audio and video fragments as it moves. The task is impossible, yet he’s forced to keep going – and through his punishment he celebrates his stubborn pride.

Conception: Chance D. Muehleck
Director and Scenarist: Melanie S. Armer
Digital Interface Designers: Stephan Moore and Mikhail Mansion
Sound Design and Music: Stephan Moore
Lyrics: Chance D. Muehleck
Costume Designer: Miodrag Guberinic
Video Designer: Chris Jordan
Performers: Bizzy Barefoot, Amy Crossman, Mateo Ervin, Stacia French, Jenna Hoff, Jason Howard, Robin Kurtz, Mark Lindberg, Taylor Morrison, Amy Stringer, James “Face” Yu
Sphere Fabrication: Eric Coolidge with assistance by Melanie S. Armer and Chance D. Muehleck
Production Management: Aislinn Curry
Production Stage Management: Karin Carter
Apprentice/Asst. Direction: Rebecca Warzer
Sphere fabricated in residence: The Wurks, Providence, RI

Sphere Galvanization: V&S Galvanizing, Taunton, MA

The Nerve Tank

Glory Road Press Release

I did the video design for this outdoor theater performance/installation, focused around the relationship between Sisyphus and Persephone. This performance is part of the Brookfield Arts program. The theater group is Nerve Tank, who I’ve worked with before, and am so thankful to work with again.

There’s so much to say and see with this performance, including an incredible audio system by Stephan Moore, drop-dead cool costumes by Mio Guberinic, written/conceived by the incomparable Chance Muehleck and directed by the lovely Melanie Armer. All acted out by the Nerve Tanks crew of talented, dedicated, endurance-actors.

Special thanks to Enki for helping me shoot the video for this production.