Project Description


ChimaTEK: Beta Launch

June 12 through August 9, 2015

ChimaTEK Beta, an installation of innovative projections by Saya Woolfalk, will be on view June 12 through August 9, 2015, at the Berkshire Museum, as part of the summer long exhibition Immortal Present: Art and East Asia.

Saya Woolfalk, a New York-based artist who was born in Japan, uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She uses video, photography, collage, animation, drawing, and other techniques to create the enigmatic, moving images made of light projected in vivid colors on the walls of the Museum’s Crane Room. Woolfalk’s vividly colored projections portray the Empathics, a fictional group of women that embody a transformative fictional company called ChimaTEK.

“The Empathics blend racial and ethnic identities as they transform, taking on characteristics of humans and plants,” says Woolfalk. “Through their non-profit research society, the Institute of Empathy, the Empathics study the condition of their hybridity and actively manipulate their genetic information.”

Woolfalk has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; the Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; the Montclair Art Museum; the Chrysler Museum of Art; Smack Mellon; and the Asian Art Museum, CA. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.