Ruth Sergel’s works include films, interactive documentaries, public artworks and live performances which use technical prowess to explore opportunities for community engagement.

Her films have screened at New Directors/New Films (Museum of Modern Art), The Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Exploratorium, Anthology Film Archives and aired on PBS and IFC. Her public art work includes Chalk, an annual commemoration of the Triangle Factory Fire and Voices of 9.11 which was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the New York Historical Society. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, LMCC’s MCAF Grant and Swing Space, IFP/Kodak Award and by residencies at the Here Arts Center, the Digital Performance Institute, CESTA and Squeaky Wheel and as a resident researcher at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU.  Ruth has presented her work at MediaLab Prado (Madrid), Prelude ’08, The Gotham Center and the National Oral History Association. In Fall, 2010 Ruth will be a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Alchemy of Light is walking cinema, melding 19th century illusionism with current interactive technologies to depict the life of the legendary magician Torrini as a parable from a time when our lives first became mediated by machines.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist