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, Eric Corriel 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 Lead Web Designer and Developer. For the artwork Water Will Be There (2016), Eric has been awarded by the New York Foundation of the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, and the Public Art Network. As a designer he has received awards from the Webbys, Davey Awards, and W3.

Water Will Be Here

Video installation, silent

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. For all the attention the issue of climate change has received, for most of us it still remains an abstract issue that resides somewhere far away, both temporally and geographically. While some may identify climate change with 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, in their own lifetimes.