Ruth Sergel makes big projects that exploit technical prowess to create opportunities for community engagement.
Ruth's award-winning films have screened at New Directors/New Films (Museum of Modern Art), Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Exploratorium, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Anthology Film Archives and aired on PBS and IFC. Her public art work includes Voices of 9.11, a people's video/oral history archive which recorded over 550 video testimonies in New York, PA and inside the Pentagon and was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the New York Historical Society. Chalk, is an annual community commemoration of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Ruth is the founder of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition made up of over 170 partners building the March 2011 centennial commemoration. Ruth's work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Experimental Television Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's MCAF Fund and Swing Space, the IFP/Kodak Award and by residencies at CESTA (Czech Republic), Here Arts Center, Digital Performance Institute, Squeaky Wheel, and as the Resident Researcher in Video at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. Ruth's interactive documentaries have been exhibited at the Shift Festival (Basel), 3LD and ITP Gallery. Her video collaborations include Troika Ranch, 3LD Art & Technology Center and LOSS (Torino). Ruth is a retired member of IATSE 600 (Cinematographers Guild). Her research into the development of 19th century technology and cultural anxiety has been presented at numerous venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2010 Ruth was a visiting fellow in Public Humanities at Brown University and was nominated for the World Technology Network Award in the Arts.
Currently, Ruth is developing Alchemy of Light, a live multi-media work that melds 19th century illusionism with current interactive technology to depict the life of the legendary magician Torrini as a parable from a time when our lives first became mediated by machines. Portions of Alchemy of Light have been presented at MediaLab Prado (Madrid), Prelude '08, Here Arts Center's Culture Mart and the Shift Festival (Basel).