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Carmen Menza: The Velocity of Light – A Kaleidoscopic Journey, 2018
at the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall,
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, photo by Paperlyte

The Velocity of Light – A Kaleidoscopic Journey

Multi-sensory Installation

What makes a visual object beautiful? What makes a human’s gaze at certain objects longer? The Velocity of Light – A Kaleidoscopic Journey is a video mapping installation created by Carmen Menza. Drawn to the beauty and mystery of objects and the study of light, including refraction, dispersion, color and birefringence, the artist uses broad hexagonal structures as mapping surfaces for kaleidoscopic animations inspired by the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall collection. 


Carmen Menza is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans video, light sculpture, music and public art installations, focusing on generative visuals and sound. Her films have screened at the Dallas International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dallas Aurora, Dallas VideoFest and on PBS/KERA. Her software-based light work is part of the permanent collection at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum in Dallas. She has exhibited with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival, Dallas Aurora Light Festival, The Women’s Museum, Dallas, and The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, in addition to numerous group and solo shows. She received her BFA in jazz guitar performance from the University of North Texas.