LUMEN (2014)
A multi-disciplinary immersive installation
For video, sculpture, garden and electroacoustic sound

Created by:
Catherine Wagner (Artist)
Thomas Kelley (Architect)
Eric Nathan (Composer)
Loretta Gargan (Landscape Architect)

Past exhibitions:

January 30-March 6, 2014: American Academy in Rome, “CINQUE MOSTRE: TIME AND AGAIN”

July 13-26, 2015: Yellow Barn Festival (Brattleboro, VT)

October 5 - November 5, 2017: Brown University, Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Exhibition opening events on October 5th: Panel Discussion with the artists in Martinos Auditorium (5:30-6:30 p.m.), followed by opening reception in Cohen Gallery (6:30-8:00 p.m.)


Inspired by newly inaugurated Pope Francis’s affinity for light as a metaphor for change, LUMEN abstracts and re-contextualizes an act of spiritual contemplation. In keeping with a secular regard for the Pope’s palpable sense of hope, LUMEN, an interdisciplinary and multi-sensory experience synthesizing various art forms, reshapes contemporary spirituality by reconsidering the pew, a site for conventional prayer. Audiovisual elements and thyme plantings create an immersive, scented environment removing the pew from its archetypal context. The physical relic, or conventional object of devotion, is replaced with a video projection of light and a musical composition responding to the movement of the video. While the pew remains iconic in scale and orientation, it no longer demands the observer to acknowledge any singular beliefs, but rather encourages a new and open contemplative experience.

- Catherine Wagner, Thomas Kelley, Eric Nathan, Loretta Gargan

Full installation walk through (American Academy in Rome, 2014):

Video/music alone (available for exhibition/performance separately):

Installation photos (from Brown University Granoff Center, 2017):
(Photos by Nicholas Bridges)

Installation photos (from the American Academy in Rome, 2014):
(Photos by Altospazia)