MARCO BRAMBILLA

Is a visual and installation artist, based in New York and Berlin. He is primarily known for his elaborate re-contextualizations of found imagery, often employing new technologies in his work. He has pioneered the use of 3D technology in video art with his Megaplex trilogy, LiDAR computer-mapping for Anthropocene (a public art installation in New York City), as well as elaborate computer simulations of an Apollo launch, presented on 54 screens in Times Square (2015). Brambilla’s work has been internationally exhibited and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum (New York); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ARCO Foundation (Madrid); and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C).

Notable shows include New Museum, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art (Retrospective); Seoul Biennial, Korea; Broad Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. He has also made public art installations presented by Creative Time and Art Production Fund (New York).

Brambilla is a recipient of the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Tiffany Colbert Foundation awards. His work has been featured at the Venice Film Festival and Sundance Film Festivals, as well as Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.

LUNAR ATLAS

Lunar Atlas is a site specific installation for Borusan Contemporary, in collaboration with NASA, to digitize de-archived photos as part of NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP).

In the early 1960s, as part of their effort to survey the lunar surface for appropriate landing sites, NASA sent unmanned lunar orbiters to survey the moon. The orbiters documented the moonscape with quick successions of photographs that, like Polaroids, would be developed onboard, scanned, then sent to earth. The analogue transmission could take as long as an entire day for a single photo to reach earth.

The site-specific installation at Borusan Contemporary reinforces the notion of forming a reconstructred cubist moonscape on multiple planes. The cartography-inspired grid structure is mapped across all projection surfaces.

When projected as a grid on the horizontal surfaces beneath the balconies, this presents the spectator with an impossibly detailed view scanning the surface of the moon. The presentation of the moving images reinforces the impression of watching a series of transmissions traveling across 60-year time rift.

Reassembling hundreds of analogue images to create a seamless series of longitudinal panoramas, they were in turn animated to faithfully simulate the trajectory of the original orbiters as a virtual flyover. The temporal plane of the spectator, in effect, is transported back to the sixties using technology which did not yet exist at that time. Orbiter 1 displays a virtual trajectory of the first Orbiter mission to the Moon
which is also included in the compendium of trajectories that compose the Lunar Atlas.

Multi-Channel Projection, Duration 4 min HD

Exhibition

Borsuan Contemporary

Istanbul, Turkey

Galerie Clemens Ginzer

Zurich, Switzerland

LUNAR ATLAS

LUNAR ATLAS

ANTHROPOCENE

Anthropocene is a site-specific video installation exploring the relationship between Central Park and the surrounding metropolis. The dynamics between the natural and man-made are made visual using LiDAR technology to scan a path from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Central Park. The installation consists of two intersecting video channels using the raw LiDAR data of the wholly man-made park and night-vision black and white views of its immediate surroundings.

LiDAR is a scanning technology used in archaeology and architecture to digitally map objects using reflected laser light an this is the first use of this technology in a video installation context.

The term Anthropocene describes the extent of influence human activities have had on Earth’s ecosystems.

Three-channel video installation, 8:03s

Screenings

Presented by Art Production Fund

Time Warner Center, New York

ANTHROPOCENE

ANTHROPOCENE

ANTHROPOCENE

APOLLO XVIII

Apollo XVIII is a multi-channel video installation which interprets man’s relationship to space exploration and presents an imagined mission to the moon; a mission born in the virtual age.

During March 2015, Times Square was transformed into a virtual launchpad as Apollo XVIII played across dozens of electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight. In collaboration with NASA, footage was filmed at Cape Canaveral, combined with Hubble imagery, rare material from the NASA archives and original computer-generated imagery to fabricate the fictitious mission.

Combining iconic moments from past and present with the wholly synthetic, Apollo XVIII presented a new collective viewing experience, calling into question the nature of fact and fiction, reality versus perception and context.

Dual-screen video tile display in custom enclosure, 4K UHD, color, sound, 2:30s, loop

Screenings

Times Square Alliance

New York, New York

Exhibitions

McCabe Fine Art

Stockholm, Sweden

Houston Museum of Art

Houston, Texas

APOLLO XVIII

APOLLO XVIII

APOLLO XVIII

APOLLO XVIII

POWER

POWER shows a continuous camera move from extreme close-up of Mr. West revealing an a neoclassical video tableau showing characters and creatures surrounding him in an abstract environment – all moving in extreme slow motion. Inspired by Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, the piece depicts a faux historical
moment – an empire on the brink of collapse from its own excess, decadence and corruption.
Single-channel video, color, sound 1:15s

Screenings

Museum of the Moving Image

New York, New York

POWER

Creation / Evolution / Civilization

MEGAPLEX

Megaplex explores a form of collage that invents a cinematic language of sampling. The resulting work is a video triptych depicting epic historical narratives inspired by the detailed imagery of Breughel and Bosch. The hyper-saturated tableaus test the limits of visual overload, looping and interlacing in a way that confounds the temporal parameters of the moving image. The three works speak the language of modern-day
cinema and pop culture, while both celebrating and satirizing the Hollywood blockbuster.

Exhibitions

Broad Art Museum

Lansing, Michigan

Seoul Museum of Art

Seoul, Korea

MACRO

Rome, Italy

Kulturhuset

Stockholm, Sweden

St. Louis Museum of Art

St.Louis, Missouri

Bass Museum of Art

Miami, Florida

Screenings

Fondation Beyeler

Basel, Switzerland

Venice Film Festival

Venice, Italy

Sundance Film Festival, New Frontier

Park City, Utah

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, Canada

Civilization
MEGAPLEX

Civilization
MEGAPLEX

Civilization
MEGAPLEX

Civilization
MEGAPLEX

Civilization
MEGAPLEX

RPM

RPM presents a hyper-sensory psychological portrait of a Formula One driver’s point-of-view during a race. The line between man and machine is blurred in this 3D video collage filmed at the Italian Formula One Grand Prix in Monza.

The original footage was layered and combined with imagery from the Scuderia Ferrari archives and race broadcasts which were sampled to create an abstract and kaleidoscopic visual narrative which unfolds before us in 3D space. RPM was originally commissioned by Ferrari S.p.A.

Single-channel video installation, 3D high definition/color, Stereo sound, 2:50s, loop

Screenings

Miami Basel event hosted by Ferrari, Peter M. Brandt and Sotheby’s Tobias Meyer

Miami, Florida

Bass Museum of Art

Miami, Florida

Frieze Art Fair event hosted by Ferrari

New York, New York

RPM

RPM

CONSTELLATION

Constellation is a kinetic video sculpture based on an original shape derived from Fibonacci numbers and golden sections found in nature. The resulting computer-generated video sculpture appears as a free-standing spherical projection in constant motion at the center of the installation. The sphere is surrounded by a tryptic of projections showing variations of the Fibonacci sculpture now replicated many times in space further expanding on the concept of infinite multiplication of fractals shape and form.

High def. video projection, sound, 2:30s, loop

Screenings

University of Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

CONSTELLATION

CONSTELLATION

SYNC

Sync is Brambilla’s first sampled video work which features three tightly edited sequences of film clips taken from fight scenes, sex scenes, as well as audience reactions from an archive of films. Running at up to 12 individual shots per second and projected on three suspended screens, the installation puts the viewer in a video crossfire; building violently to a state of sensory overload. Sync is a reflection of the rising threshold to graphic sex and brutality in contemporary popular culture and film.

Three-channel video, color, sound, 01:43m, loop

Exhibitions

Louis T. Blouin Foundation

London, UK

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Santa Monica, California

The Canal Chapter

New York, New York

Cohan and Leslie Gallery

New York, New York

Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini

Toronto, Canada

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica, California

Screenings

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes

Sundance Film Festival

Park City Utah

SYNC

MATERIALIZATION / DE-MATERIALIZATION

Materialization/De-Materialization slowly evolves from a random pattern of “digital ripples” gradually revealing themselves to be rings made up of formations of human silhouettes. Video samples of characters in the transporter room from the original Star Trek television series, where they are “De-materialized”,
then teleported through space and “Re-materialized” at their destination, are used to create the abstract composition. Hundreds of characters are introduced as short motion loops; never fully revealed seemingly trapped in a perpetual state of transition and in a constant regenerating moment of flux.

High definition video, color, sound, 4:38s, loop

Exhibitions

Grand Manege

Moscow, Russia

Times Square Alliance

New York, New York

Contemporary Art Museum

St. Louis, Missouri

MATERIALIZATION/ DE-MATERIALIZATION

WALL OF DEATH

In the carnival act, Wall of Death a motorcyclist rides around the inside of a wooden drum, maintaining a delicate state of equilibrium between centrifugal force and gravity. The action is shot with a rotating camera mounted in the center of the drum as well as on a motorcycle tracking behind the rider. The shots were edited into a series of motion loops that become progressively shorter, creating the appearance of
continuous motion.

The editing technique was inspired by the Kinetoscope films popular during the time the act was widely performed in the 1930’s. The rider appears caught in a never-ending circle where his ability to remain upright is based on never stopping. Wall of Death explores the relation between time and speed in a world dependent on constant motion.

Single-channel video, black and white, sound, 2:40s

Exhibitions

Nevada Art Museum

Reno, Nevada

Contemporary Arts Forum

Santa Barbara, California

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Santa Monica, California

Henry Urbach Architecture

New York, New York

La Box

La Box, Bourges, France

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica, California

WALL OF DEATH

CYCLORAMA

Filmed in 35mm time-lapse at nine revolving restaurants across North America, Cyclorama presents panoramic views side by side in a cylindrical enclosure that mimics the restaurants’ architecture, creating the sense of one continuous, moving landscape.

The panoramas offer nine simultaneous sunrises, erasing time zones and providing a continuous 360-degree view of the western horizon. The installation reveals the revolving restaurant to be a paradox: wanting to be in many places at one time while desiring to duplicate a familiar moment.

Nine-channel video installation, color, sound, 3:20s

Exhibitions

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco, California

Exit Art

New York, New York
(curated by Kenny Schachter)

Screenings

The Armory Show

New York, New York

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Santa Monica, California

CYCLORAMA

CYCLORAMA

2017
Lunar Atlas
Borusan Contemporary,
Istanbul Turkey

2016
Lunar
Galerie Clemens Gunzer
Zurich, Switzerland

Theater
Simon Lee Gallery,
Hong Kong

2015
Apollo
McCabe Fine Art,
Stockholm, Sweden

2014
Creation (Megaplex)
Michael Fuchs Galerie,
Berlin, Germany

Megaplex Trilogy
Borusan Contemporary
Istanbul, Turkey

Evolution (Megaplex)
Saint Louis Museum of Art,
Saint Louis Missouri

2013
Creation (Megaplex)
SITE Sante Fe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Creation (Megaplex) / Atlantis
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery,
New Mexico

2012
Creation (Megaplex) / Atlantis
Christopher Grimes Gallery,
Santa Monica, California

2011
The Dark Lining
Survey Exhibition, Santa Monica
Museum of Art,
Santa Monica, California

Flashback (POV)
Christopher Grimes Gallery,
Santa Monica, California

2010
Civilization (Megaplex)
Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain

2008
Cathedral
Art Production Fund,
New York, New York

Living the Dream: Civilization &
Cathedral
Christopher Grimes Gallery,
Santa Monica, California

2006
Sync
Cohan and Leslie Gallery,
New York, New York

Christopher Grimes Gallery,
Santa Monica, California

Artcore,
Toronto, Canada