Eric Corriel

United States

Eric takes the urban landscape as a medium in which to create site-specific video installations in the public realm. After growing up on Long Island, he graduated from Cornell University, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy while also studying Fine Art and Computer Science. He later received a Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques (National Diploma of Fine Art), from the École Régionale Supérieure d’Expression Plastique in Tourcoing, France. He is currently living in Brooklyn and teaches interaction design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he is also the Lead Web Designer and Developer.

Water Will Be Here

Video installation, silent

Artist's audio introduction

Water Will Be Here is a site-specific, public art video installation that imagines what it might feel like if sea levels rose to the point where cities found themselves underwater. Despite the attention that climate change receives, it still remains for many people an abstract issue that exists somewhere far away both temporally and geographically. While some may understand climate change through polar bears, melting ice caps, floods in Pakistan or future water shortages in the Middle East, most people do not have a sense of these things becoming a reality in their own backyards or in their own lifetimes.

As you approach the installation, don’t be afraid to put yourself ‘in the water’. go
inside the museum, behind the window projection, and see and hear the water moving above and below you. one day, what you feel will be true.

Installed at Maritime Museum.

Image: Eric Corriel, Water Will Be Here (2010), Video Installation, silent, video still of documentation from Brooklyn, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.