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Cristopher Cichocki

Cichocki’s audiovisual project Circular Dimensions is a constantly evolving performance that embraces art and science within a multi-sensory installation and audiovisual performanceCircular Dimensions features a live laboratory of “microscopic video paintings” performed with digital microscopes. Colliding elements both natural and synthetic become magnified into live, large-scale video projections. LED and UV lighting optics illuminate Circular Dimensions into a 4D experience as spectators engage within the immersive environment with light reactive eyewear. Cichocki’s audiovisual alchemy generates a meditative synergy of sight and sound that explores shifting dimensions of perception.


About the artist

Cristopher Cichocki is an American artist who lives and works in the desert of Southern California. He focuses on the symbiotic relationship between humankind, nature and industry and the cycle of decay and renewal. He has immersed himself in the desert landscape, creating interconnected works of sculpture, painting, photography, video, performance, installation, sound, and architectural intervention. Cichocki is the founder and curator of Epicenter Projects, a site-specific, time-based artist residency established in 2014 alongside the San Andreas Fault Line.

  • Art Bound Documentary: New Earth Art 
    Building Beyond Together: Root Cycle
    PBS: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye
    At The Surface
    Circular Dimensions - A Ship In The Woods
  • The Case for Land Art
    Circulation Museum of Photographic Arts
    First Person: Cristopher Cichocki's New Earth Art
    Circular Dimensions - Live Laboratory
    Circular Dimensions

skills applied

  • Video Art
  • Videomicrography
  • Sound Art


Immersed in the desert of Southern California I’m confronted by a landscape that was submerged within oceanic depths millions of years ago. As I stand on this my desert “seabed” I view these indigenous desert plants as “surviving seeds” from an ancient ocean that has evolved through adaptation and extreme resilience. I’m constantly examining the symbiotic relationship between water and life in a desert climate that demands sustainability. Using microscopes in my work is yet another level of my fascination between the interconnected worlds of art and science. In this regard there is always something to see underneath the surface of human perception, and this process of discovery is rather thrilling. Explore the STEAM Wikis below for some hands-on activities like hacking webcams to make your microscope and creating Japanese fish rubbings with Gyotakyu printing.

STEAM wiki

The STEAM-Wiki is a place to get started with your artist research. You will find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to Cristopher Cichocki's work.

You can search by clicking on the links below or you can click on the topic words in the word cloud for specific areas of interest. For example, DIY MICROSCOPE for making your own microscopes or 3D glasses to learn about creating 3D art for viewing through glasses. If you are looking for STEM + Art activities type in STEAM Activities.  To view all options, use the keyword ALL.

Remember, the resource is an open forum sharing links and ideas that others have found – always check your sources and give credit where credit is due. The open source movement generously shares its knowledge and relies on user feedback – so if there’s something really good or doesn’t work let others know.


Next Generation Science Standards

Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

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