Exiled in Light :|: Transfiguration

An immersive performative installation about moving in between the worlds of light and darkness.

The Chicago Art Department presents Exiled in Light :|: Transfiguration, an immersive art installation by Valerie Xanos in conversation with movement performances by Allen Turner.

 “I create immersive environments that are contemplative and trance-inducing in order to produce shifts of sensual perception for the participating viewer. Projections of animations provide portals to sublime light and dark visions based on my experience of being exiled in an alternate universe which is both tragic and sensual, sinister and soothing.”  – Valerie Xanos

“I am the liminal spirit in the spaces in-between. Come wander the dimensions with us” – Allen Turner

Exiled in Light :|: Transfiguration explores concepts of portals and inter-dimensional transmutation. The Exiled in Light series uses immersive light projections of video animation, fabric installation, and an ambient soundscape to focus on personal narratives of sensory experience, body, memory, and perceptual light shifts. Visceral memories of our micro and macro worlds of the body and cosmos are evoked through this experience. The aesthetics were born from intense observation from a point of view of neurodivergence. Based upon theories of phenomenology, the work is a vehicle designed to transport the viewer into worlds of alternate perception, thus creating other-worldly sensations. Embracing a slow moving cadence, Allen’s movement exploration within the installation will express this other-worldly journey, creating a narrative of transfiguration as the liminal body becomes one with the inter-dimensional spaces. 

In between performances: Viewers are invited to experience the immersion and explore the space with their own bodies and senses. As the videos play upon their clothing and skin, they become part of the work while simultaneously disrupting it with cast shadows and reflections.

 “This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.”

I am eternally grateful for the dedicated work on this exhibition by Azul Nunez and Joe Barcelona who helped Allen and I install the work over a series of many hot days!

Athena Xanos designed all of our beautiful posters and flyers. Carlos Flores and Vivian Harritos of CAD were incredible help and good with problem solving. Marcella Chaidez was a great support on opening night!

Thank you to you all! I couldn’t have done it without you.

Performances and Viewing:

2nd Friday Viewing and Performances: July 8, 2022, 7:30 – 10pm

Performances at 9pm & 9:30 pm.

Additional Viewing and Performances: July 15, 2022, 7:30 – 10pm

Performances at 9pm & 9:30 pm.

Duration: July 8 – July 22 (with viewing by appointment in evening hours).

Stay tuned: Videos will be uploaded

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