Broadway City Hall – Syzygy
By Chris Shier
Syzygy (2017) – Chris Shier
Chris Shier’s Syzygy (2017) for Broadway-City Hall Canada Line Station presents a sequence of geometric circles and arcs appearing on the windows as to form a cycle. The sequence refers to different configurations of gravitational relationships between three celestial bodies which can result in eclipse, occultations, transits, as well as the waxing and waning of the moon. Each geometric shape acts as an interval withinwhat can be read overall as a seasonal change sequence.
Syzygy was originally created by Chris Shier as an online interactive application exploring the variables and formal arrangements of geometric shapes evocative of celestial bodies. The application was converted into a sequence of printed images specifically for the installation at Broadway City-Hall Canada Line Station. The original web application can be experienced online at the following link: http://csh.bz/syzygy.
Chris Shier lives and works in Vancouver BC. He began producing gifs in 2010 as part of the Dump.fm netart community before pursuing interactive code-based animation. Available primarily online, his work uses feedback effects and offset loops to create non-repeating, mutating forms. He has shown at Centre Pompidou, Vancouver Art Gallery, Franc Gallery, and Western Front, also online at Electric Objects, NewHive, The Wrong Biennale, and Parallelograms. He has also produced websites for MGMT, The New Pornographers, and MTV.–
– Chris Shier