Nita Turnage and Hap Phillips
St. Louis, MO
Artica is an outdoor multi-media art festival, parade and workshops series developed to provide the people of the St. Louis metropolitan area with the opportunity to come together as a community through creative self-expression. This annual event takes place in the early fall along the Mississippi riverfront as part of an effort to revitalize an area that has been polluted, neglected and abandoned for far too long.
Although the audience is primarily the citizens of the St. Louis metropolitan area, the whole world is invited to attend and participate as creators during the festival. Artica’s development is as fluid as the river it celebrates, and its scope will depend greatly upon the emotional involvement of the community.
The festival grounds are filled with site-specific installation art created by professional artists from the St. Louis metropolitan area. The emphasis is on interactive participatory art that takes its inspiration from the river, its surrounding environment or its history. An overlapping schedule of events including music, dance theater, poetry, video, film and performance art encourages the audience to move around and experience Artica from different perspectives. The interactive nature of the event will encourage the audience to create their own art and become performers themselves.
City of Dreams Mini Golf
Core team members: Eli Kent, Anna Hecker, Bex Ames, Meg West, David Rodd, Audrey Boguchwal, Ben Jones, Kirsten Tarr, Jennifer Upchurch, David Koren
City of Dreams Mini Golf was a nine-hole mini golf course that was installed on New York City’s Governors Island (www.govisland.com). It was free and open to the public throughout the summer season of 2008. Each hole was conceived, constructed and installed by a different artist or group of artists, all variations on the theme “City of Dreams.”
City of Dreams Mini Golf was a project of FIGMENT 2008, held in partnership with the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC). FIGMENT is now an annual, 3-day, participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor every summer (www.figmentnyc.org). FIGMENT is a project of Action Arts League, and is produced by a coalition of volunteers in partnership with The Pure Project.
Johan Kritzinger, Joyce Manalo, Kate Raudenbush, Anne McDonald, Audrey Boguchawal and David Koren
New York, NY
EMERGENCE was a thematic, curated exhibition, created by over 30 emerging and professional artists and arts collectives. Presented on Governors Island, New York, under the theme of “Creative Pioneers in Uncharted Territory,” exhibitors at EMERGENCE used the context, history, and recent steps towards revitalization, or “emergence,” of Governors Island as the source of inspiration and departure for the creation of participatory art.
This transitory show morphed the abandoned military outpost of the Commanders House into an inclusive, interactive, 3-dimensional, living exhibit that shifted and evolved as a result of audience participation and interaction. This show focused on works that were created collaboratively, that grew and evolved over the summer, and that engaged participants in a creative dialogue with the art. EMERGENCE was open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm throughout July of 2008. Admission and ferry transportation to the island is free.
The artists and art collectives of EMERGENCE included: Anne Arden McDonald, artcodex, Asha Ganpat, Avant Car Guard (South Africa), Chris Jordan, Casper Electronics, Christian Nerf – Barend de Wet & Douglas Gimberg (South Africa), Damon Hamm, Erik Fabian, Eugenia Yu, Friendly Falcons & Their Friend the Snake, G-77, Jason Van Anden & Nat Hawks, John Krill, John Walter, Michael Alan, Monica Müller, Peripheral Media Projects, Pornj Diamond Cell, Sarah Phillips, Saviour Scraps, Tara Parsons, Tim & Martin Dockery, Triangle Project (Denmark, Istanbul), and Urban Homesteading Project.
EMERGENCE was a project of FIGMENT 2008. FIGMENT is a project of Action Arts League, and is produced by a coalition of volunteers in partnership with The Pure Project.
The Giving Tree
Los Angeles, CA
The Giving Tree is an interactive, part wind-powered, part human-powered sculpture of a 30-foot tree. It is designed to generate it’s own power by harnessing the movement of tree branches and leaves in the wind, a currently untapped source of mechanical wind energy. Participants generate energy in this interactive playground, by swinging on swings attached to the tree. As power is generated twofold, The Giving Tree comes alive with lights, pumping water and sound, and shows the circulatory system of the tree’s xylem and phloem system within.
Globally the aim of this project is to promote the prevention of de-forestation in places where illegal lumbering is a way of survival by teaching that trees can be a valuable asset of wind energy to us if just left standing, powering rural farms and villages off the grid.
Ocean Beach Fire Pits
Rebecca Anders, Yasmin Mawaz-Khan and Charles Gadeken
San Francisco, CA
The experience of building a fire at the ocean’s edge is as old as human time, and a much-beloved ritual on the San Francisco coastline. Ocean Beach Fire Pits are locally made sculptural fire pits made from cast concrete and designed to succeed in the harsh and extreme beach environment. Taking the form of Sea Stars and Fire Blooms these beautifully crafted, unique objects provide a valuable and accessible site of public interaction and connection. Already a success among the San Francisco community, the intentional welcoming aspect of the fire pits draw people together and encourage engagement between a diverse cross-section of beach visitors and the surrounding landscape.
Primal Source is a one-night performance designed as a massive animated projection on an ephemeral screen made of sprayed water. The mirage-like installation, which will feature as part of “The Glow” festival in Santa Monica, Ca, July 19th, 2008, will be located on the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. Discreetly hidden microphones will pick up sounds from the crowd so that participants will generate realtime colorful animated light patterns and shapes on the water screen before them that react to the sound of the words, music and noises produced collectively by both individuals and groups. Their voices will give birth to primal creatures that emanate from the mirage becoming more and more ebullient, with colors flying in and out, and reflecting the ever-changing sounds.
Lee Somers and Elisabeth Pellathy
三san (three) 轮lun (wheel) 车che (vehicle) – a versatile, cheap and compact tricycle made from modified motorcycles or bicycles. Small yet mighty, the workhorse of Beijing moves everything from lumber to passengers. Often employed as a low-budget local taxi.
三san (three) 轮lun (wheel) 艺术yishu (art) – a mobile gallery, a custom-made sanlun che housing an exhibition of print, drawing, sound, and video selected specifically for this context. The primary function is to facilitate personal interaction with art for an audience outside the scope of the traditional gallery.
Shifting art viewing from a passive to active interface with the community, Sanlun Yishu overlays an art-experience with daily transportation. Artists from around the globe will create works themed on urban life for the mobile gallery. Passengers will become participants, asked to reflect on their identity in our urban world. Instead of paying a fare, participants take a work of art with them and make a creative contribution of their own. This transaction is the basis of a conversation between artists and passengers, examining urban life from multiple perspectives, forging unlikely connections across the globe.