Into The Eye, 2019

A looped film created to be viewed from a tiny opening in a peephole box installation.  

Laurie O’Brien is a multi-disciplinary artist working in time-based art such as video installation, animation, & interactive media performances.   She is interested in hybrid forms of expression that combine and defy categories. Her technology-centered projects often intersect with the hand-made and tactile.  In conjunction with the manual and outdated, her art practice also includes working with emerging technologies including alternative viewing devices, GIFs, interactive video, public art, electronics,  circuitry, & Raspberry Pi’s. A metaphor that continues to influence her work, the puppet, serves as an entry point for an investigation of contemporary ideas around technology, dual identities, exchange & deception.  Her animations and video installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries nationally and internationally, such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Studio Des Ursulines in Paris, the Library of Congress, Union Docs in Brooklyn, and the San Francisco International Airport.  Her films are represented by Light Cone in Paris. She received her MFA from Cal Arts and lives in both Brooklyn and Rochester, NY. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Media in the Photography Department at Rochester Institute of Technology.


In 2013, she created the Peephole Cinema a “miniature cinema” collective with satellite projects in three cities:  San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. In each city, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location.   The films in the Peephole Cinema Brooklyn can be seen any time day or night at 97 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick. New films are curated about every two months.


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