Art installations to decorate downtown Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has announced its performance lineup for the new biennial festival of lights called Frequency which will open on September 16. For four nights, part of downtown Santa Cruz will be decorated with interactive art installations near the museum.
According to a press release, the festival is designed to shed light on the links between community and temporal media art. There will be storytelling shows by Creative company Stellaria, aerial acrobats and an audiovisual sensory journey with Karlton HestorQuantum Elders Conscious Vaccine electroacoustic ritual, as well as other nightly live performances, interactive technologies and immersive experiences by local and international artists.
Among interactive art, the installations are the magician dome with motion sensors and lasers bouncing off each person’s movement. The idea that “our actions have lasting consequences for one another,” and the installation invites people to experience quantum entanglement on an infinitely large scale.
british art society, Group of squid, has two facilities at this festival. The Ocean of Lights uses 5,000 hanging lights to create the illusion of space like the image above. But that’s not all, as as they move across the room the lights tell a story, building themselves up to a final climax – of course, all open to interpretation. The other installation, Orbital Phasing, is similar, but spheres of light with sound to create its own unique experience.
Students of digital art and new media from the University of California at Santa Cruz are also in the spotlight at the festival.
that of Patrick Stefaniak Cubism 2: baroque edition combines art and video games, where guests can interact with a touch screen and a projector of a simulation of cubic fabric – this is a computer graphics technique where the artist uses fabric to simulate the texture and the movement of the fabric in the animation. The video game is one of three fabric simulations featured in Stefaniak’s Thesis.
that of Mr. James Becker The trellis project is a participatory project where individuals build their own trellis and submit their own reflections of the room. The Frequency installation houses the Trellis archive on a wooden trellis. On Becker’s project website, he writes: “Just as vines and other vines rely on a trellis as a structure to support their growth, we also rely on a myriad of structures to support ours. These are social, financial, legal and infrastructural in nature, to name a few examples. Today is a crucial moment to reflect together on these support structures. “
Student at UC Santa Cruz David Crellin will also perform Thursday through Saturday throughout the festival in a “whimsical form of techno-human hybrid”. They will appear and disappear like the nature of light itself.
“Frequency supports our museum’s commitment to produce programs that extend beyond our walls and enhance the cultural vibrancy of Santa Cruz County,” said Robb Woulfe, Executive Director of MAH. “By showcasing local artists alongside national and international talent, we inspire, pollinate and increase exposure to our own thriving creative community. This 4 night show promises a lot of eye and ear fun for the whole family.
From Thursday September 16 to Sunday September 19, the frequency will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children, but members can enter for free.
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