Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing

Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing by Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher

Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing

The Invisible Dog | Cobble Hill

Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing is an immersive sound installation that centers around a 30 day performance and the creation of an intricate, large scale mandala at The Invisible Dog in Cobble Hill, with an opening reception on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 6 to 9pm.

Building out the gallery to create an atmosphere of infinite space, the environment for this performance is the setting for the mandala. Set at the center of this 5000 sqf gallery, the work will go from process to completion to destruction all in the course of 30 days. The execution of this piece will be an arduous, elaborate and painstaking effort which will be performed for 10 to 14 hours per day, every day, for 30 days.

The sculpture will be made of finely ground marble in the tradition of ancient sand paintings using handmade tools. Unlike the sacred geometries used in ritual mandalas, the delicate and precise composition of Everything and Nothing will employ data from a particle collision to express time, knowledge, infintesamil space and the ephemeral nature of certainty.

The imagery of data as a compositional element is the thesis of this massive installation. Each day new sections will be created as Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher sculpt the musical score. From this, an immersive sound installation will form and evolve as the mandala begins to take shape.

Each day new sections will be created as Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher sculpt the musical score.

Using a wide range of technologies including ceiling mounted cameras, short throw video projectors, interactive programing software and a multi-channel sound system, the mandala will be scanned and processed each day to relay the sound installation throughout the gallery. The progress and development of the mandala will be recorded and randomly performed throughout the month, highlighting variations of the composition.

The final performance will be hosted at the end of 30 days when the mandala has been completed. The musical composition will be scanned and then played in its entirety, culminating with the destruction of the work.

Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, a married Brooklyn based duo, embarked on their first direct collaboration with their hugely successful installation, Symphony in D Minor, a self contained thunderstorm, which is now part of the permanent collection of Hydropolis Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. Their work is multimedia and multidimensional, their subject matter is driven by specific projects, environments and experiences. Overall, they look to explore new technologies and to use them to express immense ideas on a human scale; employing sound, sculpture, video, projection mapping, composites, digital new media and performance.

Over the past seven years, their collaboration has brought each of their strengths, personal expertise and vision together in a way that accelerates each project in to more ambitious territories. Their current collaborative series, Dataatadata (a play on Dadaism), concentrates on the conceptual theme of the beauty of raw information and the poetry of numbers. Chris and Patrick’s art has exhibited in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Oklahoma, Spain, Italy and Poland. Their works have been written about around the globe, in Fast Company, The Atlantic, Designboom, Creators Project, TSpain: The New York Times Style Magazine and Wallpaper to name a few and they have received grants from The Brooklyn Arts Council and Black Rock Arts Foundation.


The Invisible Dog

The Invisible Dog Art Center is housed in a three-story former factory building in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Built in 1863, our 30,000 square foot facility has been the site of various industrial endeavors, most notably a belt factory that manufactured the famous Walt Disney invisible dog party trick, after which our center is named. The building remained dormant from the mid 1990s until 2009, when our founder Lucien Zayan opened The Invisible Dog.

The Invisible Dog is dedicated to the integration of innovation in the arts with profound respect for the past. In 2009, the building was restored for safety reasons, but special attention was given to the preservation of its original 1863 form. The rawness of the space is vital to our identity.

The ground floor is used for exhibitions, performances and public events featuring visual artists, performers and curators from around the world. This floor also includes our pop-up shop, a home for independent, commercial  designers in various fields.

The second and third floors are divided into over 30 artists' studios and are integral to the vast creative community of the Invisible Dog.

Finally, the Glass House, designed by resident artist, Anne Mourier, is a seasonal exhibition space dedicated to art installations of all kinds. The unique gallery provides even more opportunities for experimentation to the artists in our ever-growing community. Our mission is to provide for that community while honoring collaboration, accessibility, and dedication to the field.