The Thirsty Person, Who Having Found A Spring, Rushes To Drink, Does Not Contemplate Its Beauty 004
New York–based artist Jessica Segall created a pop-up drive-in movie screen with a frozen milk surface at the EbM site along Interstate 40, part of historic Route 66. On this glacial expanse, she projected the film of the same name, The Thirsty Person, Who Having Found A Spring, Rushes To Drink, Does Not Contemplate Its Beauty, which she created as a resident artist at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (NO). A small audience of locals and ISEA artists watched the entrancing images dance in a pitch sky; a larger audience consisting of thousands of drivers on Interstate 40 enjoyed brief excerpts. A soundtrack by composer Cheryl Leonard, who was also a resident artist at Svalbard, played on pirate radio station KEbM, 89.7 FM. Cars that were arrayed around the screen to watch the spectacle powered both the digital projector and the radio transmitter. The experience was transcendent.
Jessica Segall is an artist and musician living in New York City. Her work ranges from music videos to sculpture and backyard engineering. Her work has been shown internationally, at the Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, The Aldrich Museum and The Mongolian National Art Gallery. She received grants from Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, a FSP / Jerome Fellowship and a grant from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Residencies include Skowhegan, Sculpture Space, Künstledorf Schöppingen and Socrates Sculpture Park. She is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA from Columbia University.
The Thirsty Person, Who Having Found A Spring, Rushes To Drink, Does Not Contemplate Its Beauty was made possible by The Lab, San Francisco, Arthur Pembleton, Janet Stott, and in collaboration with the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2012 (ISEA2012).